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Numbers 5:29-31

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5:29 “‘This is the law for cases of jealousy, 1  when a wife, while under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself, 5:30 or when jealous feelings come over a man and he becomes suspicious of his wife; then he must have the woman stand before the Lord, and the priest will carry out all this law upon her. 5:31 Then the man will be free from iniquity, but that woman will bear the consequences 2  of her iniquity.’” 3 

1 tn Heb “law of jealousies.”

2 sn The text does not say what the consequences are. Presumably the punishment would come from God, and not from those administering the test.

3 tn The word “iniquity” can also mean the guilt for the iniquity as well as the punishment of consequences for the iniquity. These categories of meanings grew up through figurative usage (metonymies). Here the idea is that if she is guilty then she must “bear the consequences.”



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