“You must not pollute the land where you live, for blood defiles the land, and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed there, except by the blood of the person who shed it.
The priests then entered the Lord’s temple to purify it; they brought out to the courtyard of the Lord’s temple every ceremonially unclean thing they discovered inside. 1 The Levites took them out to the Kidron Valley.
which you commanded us through your servants the prophets with these words: 1 ‘The land that you are entering to possess is a land defiled by the impurities of the local residents! 2 With their abominations they have filled it from one end to the other with their filthiness.
And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents 1 the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It 2 pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence – and is set on fire by hell. 3
“A son naturally honors his father and a slave respects 1 his master. If I am your 2 father, where is my honor? If I am your master, where is my respect? The Lord who rules over all asks you this, you priests who make light of my name! But you reply, ‘How have we made light of your name?’
Therefore you must distinguish 1 between the clean animal and the unclean, and between the unclean bird and the clean, and you must not make yourselves detestable by means of an animal or bird or anything that creeps on the ground – creatures 2 I have distinguished for you as unclean. 3
Then the priest will put the woman under oath and say to the her, “If no other 1 man has had sexual relations with you, and if you have not gone astray and become defiled while under your husband’s authority, may you be free from this bitter water that brings a curse. 2
But if your own land 1 is impure, 2 cross over to the Lord’s own land, 3 where the Lord himself lives, 4 and settle down among us. 5 But don’t rebel against the Lord or us 6 by building for yourselves an altar aside from the altar of the Lord our God.
But then you turned right around 1 and showed that you did not honor me. 2 Each of you took back your male and female slaves whom you had freed as they desired, and you forced them to be your slaves again. 3
“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the streets 1 and your sons and daughters will die violently. 2 Your land will be given to others 3 and you will die in a foreign 4 land. Israel will certainly be carried into exile 5 away from its land.’”
So now, you are banished 1 from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
All that walk on their paws among all the creatures that walk on all fours 1 are unclean to you. Anyone who touches their carcass will be unclean until the evening,
and the one who carries their carcass must wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean to you.
These are the ones that are unclean to you among all the swarming things. Anyone who touches them when they die will be unclean until evening.
However, a spring or a cistern which collects water 1 will be clean, but one who touches their carcass will be unclean.