Numbers 5:14

“And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the spirit of ielousie come vpon him, and he be ielous of his wife, and shee be defiled: or if the spirit of ielousie come vpon him, and hee be ielous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has defiled herself, or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has not defiled herself,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
- American Standard Version (1901)

If the spirit of doubt comes into her husband's heart, and he has doubts of his wife, with good cause; or if he has doubts of her without cause:
- Basic English Bible

and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she have been defiled, -- or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she have not been defiled,
- Darby Bible

And the spirit of jealousy shall come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy shall come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
- Webster's Bible

and the spirit of jealousy comes on him, and he is jealous of his wife, and she is defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy comes on him, and he is jealous of his wife, and she isn't defiled:
- World English Bible

and a spirit of jealousy hath passed over him, and he hath been jealous of his wife, and she hath been defiled; -- or, a spirit of jealousy hath passed over him, and he hath been jealous of his wife, and she hath not been defiled --
- Youngs Literal Bible

and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled; or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Numbers 5

  • Darlene Jackson
    Verse 20... Simply says, if the woman went out and have laid with another man, she shall drink the bitter water and her belly shall swell. Which gives the sign of an adultery wife. Therefore she will become a curse and many people would know what the women was found guilty of. Also if not guilty she will be free to go and conceive a child with her own husband.. However your sin will find you out.
  • Gracie Gragg
    This is the chapter that deals with causing a miscarriage which is also causing an abortion.
  • Roger
    Several schools of thought about this. One is that "leprosy" was a generic term for any type of skin disease. Second, not fully understanding how diseases were spread, proper precautions might not have been taken, and people may have inadvertently become contaminated with the leprosy bacteria.
  • Jane
    Why so much leprosy cases in those days ?
  • Insight 777
    Jealousy is considered sinful and it is difficult to be in a marriage when jealousy destroys the trust and harmony between the couple. It needs a resolution to restore the marriage. Verse 15..Barley is a self pollenating grain that represents the marriage union as ONE and not as 2 people going different ways. An ephah is a unit of measurement used with scales. Scales today is a symbol of the Justice system. By bringing the wife before the priest the suspicion of infidelity became a path for forgiveness and a healing for the marriage. However, the possibility of venereal disease, the curse, was made known so the community would be informed if she was guilty to save others from the same fate.
  • Fred
    Answer to Frank s question Putting the sick and defiled outside the camp is an "act of quarantine " to prevent the whole camp from becoming infected by the few. It is a righteous act to separate the sick from the healthy so everyone does not have to suffer the sickness of a few.

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