Numbers 5:29

“This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

This is the law of ielousies, when a wife goeth aside to another in stead of her husband, and is defiled:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'This is the law of jealousy: when a wife, {being} under {the authority of} her husband, goes astray and defiles herself,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

This is the law of jealousy, when a wife, being under her husband, goeth aside, and is defiled;
- American Standard Version (1901)

This is the law for testing a wife who goes with another in place of her husband and becomes unclean;
- Basic English Bible

This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth astray to another instead of her husband and is defiled,
- Darby Bible

This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth astray to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;
- Webster's Bible

'This is the law of jealousy, when a wife, being under her husband, goes astray, and is defiled;
- World English Bible

`This [is] the law of jealousies, when a wife turneth aside under her husband, and hath been defiled,
- Youngs Literal Bible

This is the law of jealousy, when a wife, being under her husband, goeth aside, and is defiled;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

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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