Leviticus 14:4-19, 25-31
- and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall make an examination. Then, if the leprous disease is healed in the leper,
- the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two living clean birds and cedarwood and scarlet stuff and hyssop;
- and the priest shall command them to kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water.
- He shall take the living bird with the cedarwood and the scarlet stuff and the hyssop, and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water;
- and he shall sprinkle it seven times upon him who is to be cleansed of leprosy; then he shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird go into the open field.
- And he who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and bathe himself in water, and he shall be clean; and after that he shall come into the camp, but shall dwell outside his tent seven days.
- And on the seventh day he shall shave all his hair off his head; he shall shave off his beard and his eyebrows, all his hair. Then he shall wash his clothes, and bathe his body in water, and he shall be clean.
- "And on the eighth day he shall take two male lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish, and a cereal offering of three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, and one log of oil.
- And the priest who cleanses him shall set the man who is to be cleansed and these things before the LORD, at the door of the tent of meeting.
- And the priest shall take one of the male lambs, and offer it for a guilt offering, along with the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD;
- and he shall kill the lamb in the place where they kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place; for the guilt offering, like the sin offering, belongs to the priest; it is most holy.
- The priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and the priest shall put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the great toe of his right foot.
- Then the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand,
- and dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and sprinkle some oil with his finger seven times before the LORD.
- And some of the oil that remains in his hand the priest shall put on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the guilt offering;
- and the rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. Then the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD.
- The priest shall offer the sin offering, to make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. And afterward he shall kill the burnt offering;
- and the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the cereal offering on the altar. Thus the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.
- and the priest shall take the lamb of the guilt offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD.
- And he shall kill the lamb of the guilt offering; and the priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the great toe of his right foot.
- And the priest shall pour some of the oil into the palm of his own left hand;
- and shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD;
- and the priest shall put some of the oil that is in his hand on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and the great toe of his right foot, in the place where the blood of the guilt offering was put;
- and the rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed, to make atonement for him before the LORD.
- And he shall offer, of the turtledoves or young pigeons such as he can afford,
- one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, along with a cereal offering; and the priest shall make atonement before the LORD for him who is being cleansed.
- This is the law for him in whom is a leprous disease, who cannot afford the offerings for his cleansing."
Leviticus 15:13, 28
- And the earthen vessel which he who has the discharge touches shall be broken; and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.
- "And when he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes; and he shall bathe his body in running water, and shall be clean.
- And on the eighth day he shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD to the door of the tent of meeting, and give them to the priest;
- And whoever touches these things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.
- But if she is cleansed of her discharge, she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.
- And on the eighth day she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and bring them to the priest, to the door of the tent of meeting.
- "Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine.
- And after that the Levites shall go in to do service at the tent of meeting, when you have cleansed them and offered them as a wave offering.
- For they are wholly given to me from among the people of Israel; instead of all that open the womb, the first-born of all the people of Israel, I have taken them for myself.
- "Thus says the whole congregation of the LORD, `What is this treachery which you have committed against the God of Israel in turning away this day from following the LORD, by building yourselves an altar this day in rebellion against the LORD?
- Have we not had enough of the sin at Peor from which even yet we have not cleansed ourselves, and for which there came a plague upon the congregation of the LORD,
- that you must turn away this day from following the LORD? And if you rebel against the LORD today he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel tomorrow.
2 Chronicles 29:18
- They began to sanctify on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the vestibule of the LORD; then for eight days they sanctified the house of the LORD, and on the sixteenth day of the first month they finished.
- Then they went in to Hezekiah the king and said, "We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the table for the showbread and all its utensils.
- All the utensils which King Ahaz discarded in his reign when he was faithless, we have made ready and sanctified; and behold, they are before the altar of the LORD."
2 Chronicles 30:18
- For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves; therefore the Levites had to kill the passover lamb for every one who was not clean, to make it holy to the LORD.
- For a multitude of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, "The good LORD pardon every one
- who sets his heart to seek God, the LORD the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary's rules of cleanness."
Nehemiah 13:9, 30
- And I was very angry, and I threw all the household furniture of Tobiah out of the chamber.
- Then I gave orders and they cleansed the chambers; and I brought back thither the vessels of the house of God, with the cereal offering and the frankincense.
- I also found out that the portions of the Levites had not been given to them; so that the Levites and the singers, who did the work, had fled each to his field.
- Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
- Thus I cleansed them from everything foreign, and I established the duties of the priests and Levites, each in his work;
- and I provided for the wood offering, at appointed times, and for the first fruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
1 Maccabees* 4:41-43
- They fell face down on the ground, and sounded the signal on the trumpets, and cried out to Heaven.
- Then Judas detailed men to fight against those in the citadel until he had cleansed the sanctuary.
- He chose blameless priests devoted to the law,
- and they cleansed the sanctuary and removed the defiled stones to an unclean place.
- They deliberated what to do about the altar of burnt offering, which had been profaned.
1 Maccabees* 13:47-50
- they said, "Do not treat us according to our wicked acts but according to your mercy."
- So Simon reached an agreement with them and stopped fighting against them. But he expelled them from the city and cleansed the houses in which the idols were, and then entered it with hymns and praise.
- He cast out of it all uncleanness, and settled in it men who observed the law. He also strengthened its fortifications and built in it a house for himself.
- The men in the citadel at Jerusalem were prevented from going out to the country and back to buy and sell. So they were very hungry, and many of them perished from famine.
- Then they cried to Simon to make peace with them, and he did so. But he expelled them from there and cleansed the citadel from its pollutions.
- On the twenty-third day of the second month, in the one hundred and seventy-first year, the Jews entered it with praise and palm branches, and with harps and cymbals and stringed instruments, and with hymns and songs, because a great enemy had been crushed and removed from Israel.
- There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.
- There are those who are pure in their own eyes but are not cleansed of their filth.
- There are those -- how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift!
- Do not accustom your mouth to oaths, and do not habitually utter the name of the Holy One;
- for as a servant who is continually examined under torture will not lack bruises, so also the man who always swears and utters the Name will not be cleansed from sin.
- A man who swears many oaths will be filled with iniquity, and the scourge will not leave his house; if he offends, his sin remains on him, and if he disregards it, he sins doubly; if he has sworn needlessly, he will not be justified, for his house will be filled with calamities.
- And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, every one who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem,
- when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.
- Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy and a pavilion.
- And the word of the LORD came to me:
- "Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed, or rained upon in the day of indignation.
- Her princes in the midst of her are like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.
- In vain I have wearied myself; its thick rust does not go out of it by fire.
- Its rust is your filthy lewdness. Because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your filthiness, you shall not be cleansed any more till I have satisfied my fury upon you.
- I the LORD have spoken; it shall come to pass, I will do it; I will not go back, I will not spare, I will not repent; according to your ways and your doings I will judge you, says the Lord GOD."
- You shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and it shall be burnt in the appointed place belonging to the temple, outside the sacred area.
- And on the second day you shall offer a he-goat without blemish for a sin offering; and the altar shall be cleansed, as it was cleansed with the bull.
- When you have finished cleansing it, you shall offer a bull without blemish and a ram from the flock without blemish.
- and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."
- And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
- And Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."
- And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:
- the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
- And blessed is he who takes no offense at me."
- and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
- And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
- When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.
- In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many that were blind he bestowed sight.
- And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
- And blessed is he who takes no offense at me."
- and lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us."
- When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed.
- Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;
- and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.
- Then said Jesus, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?
- Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
- But Peter said, "No, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."
- And the voice came to him again a second time, "What God has cleansed, you must not call common."
- This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.
- But I said, `No, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
- But the voice answered a second time from heaven, `What God has cleansed you must not call common.'
- This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.
- And God who knows the heart bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us;
- and he made no distinction between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith.
- Now therefore why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
- Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
- that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
- that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
- For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near.
- Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? If the worshipers had once been cleansed, they would no longer have any consciousness of sin.
- But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year.
2 Peter 1:9
- For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
- Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall;