Numbers - Chapter 5
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
2 'Order the Israelites to expel from the camp all those suffering from a contagious skin-disease or from a discharge, or who have become unclean by touching a corpse.
3 Whether man or woman, you will expel them; you will expel them from the camp, so that they do not pollute their encampments, in the heart of which I dwell.'
4 The Israelites did so: they expelled them from the camp. The Israelites did as Yahweh had told Moses.
5 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
6 'Speak to the Israelites: "If a man or woman commits any of the sins by which people break faith with Yahweh, that person incurs guilt.
7 "The person must confess the sin committed and restore in full the amount owed, with one-fifth added. Payment is to be made to the person wronged.
8 "If, however, the latter has no relation to whom restitution can be made, the restitution due to Yahweh reverts to the priest, apart from the ram of expiation with which the priest makes expiation for the guilty party.
9 For of everything the Israelites consecrate and bring to the priest he has a right to the portion set aside.
10 Whatever anyone consecrates is his own; whatever is given to the priest belongs to the priest." '
11 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
12 'Speak to the Israelites and say: "If anyone has a wife who goes astray and is unfaithful to him,
13 if some other man sleeps with the woman without the husband's knowledge, and she secretly makes herself unclean, without any witness against her, and without anyone catching her in the act;
14 if, then, a spirit of suspicion comes over the husband and makes him suspicious of the wife who has disgraced herself, or again if this spirit of suspicion comes over him and makes him suspicious of his wife even when she is innocent,
15 the man will bring his wife before the priest, and on her behalf make an offering of one-tenth of an ephah of barley meal. He will not pour oil over it or put incense on it, because this is a cereal offering for a case of suspicion, a memorial offering to recall guilt to mind.
16 "The priest will then bring the woman forward and place her before Yahweh.
17 The priest will then take fresh water in an earthen jar, and on the water throw dust that he has taken from the floor of the Dwelling.
18 After he has placed the woman before Yahweh, he will unbind her hair and put the commemorative cereal offering (that is, the cereal offering for a case of suspicion) into her hands. In his own hands the priest will hold the water of bitterness and cursing.
19 "The priest will then put the woman on oath. He will say to her: If it is not true that a man has slept with you, that you have gone astray and made yourself unclean while under your husband's authority, may this water of bitterness and cursing do you no harm.
20 But if it is true that you have gone astray while under your husband's authority, that you have made yourself unclean and that a man other than your husband has slept with you . . .
21 Here the priest will impose an imprecatory oath on the woman. He will say to her: . . . May Yahweh make you the object of your people's execration and curses, by making your sexual organs shrivel and your belly swell!
22 May this water of cursing entering your bowels, make your belly swell and your sexual organs shrivel! To which the woman will reply: Amen! Amen!
23 "Having written these curses on a scroll and washed them off in the water of bitterness,
24 the priest will make the woman drink the water of bitterness and cursing; when the water of cursing enters into her, it will become bitter.
25 "The priest will then take the cereal offering for a case of suspicion from the woman's hands, and hold it up before Yahweh with a gesture of offering, and so carry it up to the altar.
26 He will take a handful of it as a memorial and burn it on the altar. "After this, he will make the woman drink the water.
27 After he has made her drink it, if it is true that she has made herself unclean and been unfaithful to her husband, the water of cursing then entering into her will indeed be bitter: her belly will swell and her sexual organs shrivel, and she will be an object of execration to her people.
28 But if she has not made herself unclean, but is clean, then she will go unscathed and will bear children.
29 "Such is the ritual in cases of suspicion, when a woman has gone astray and made herself unclean while under her husband's authority,
30 or when a spirit of suspicion has come over a man and made him suspicious of his wife. When a husband brings such a woman before Yahweh, the priest will apply this ritual to her in full.
31 The husband will be guiltless, but the woman will bear the consequences of her guilt." '
Book of Numbers Chapters
Reading for June 10th, 2023Reading 1, Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20
Responsorial Psalm, Tobit 13:2, 6
Gospel, Mark 12:38-44
Next Weeks Readings
Online / Mobile Friendly Bible Classes Free for anyone, anywhere
Enroll free Now
Explore the Bible (20+ classes)
Moral Life in Christ (10 classes)
Ten Commandments class Certificate
The Holy Rosary (6 classes)
RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (Students & Catechists)
FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything
Join the Movement
When you sign up below, you don't just join an email list - you're joining an entire movement for Free world class Catholic education.
Saint of the Day for Saturday, June 10th, 2023
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mysteries of the Rosary
Female / Women Saints
7 Morning Prayers you need to get your day started with God
Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony
Saints & Angels
Saint Feast Days in June
Need Answers? Now you can Submit Questions to Deacon Keith and Deacon Frederick for 'Speakin' with ...
'A strategy of peace'
How do we know the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?
Ukraine Thankful for Vatican Envoy, but no Peace Yet
Pope Francis in Same Hospital Room as St. John Paul II
- Daily Readings for Saturday, June 10, 2023
- St. Getulius: Saint of the Day for Saturday, June 10, 2023
- Prayer to St. Gabriel, for Others: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, May 10, 2023
- Daily Readings for Friday, June 09, 2023
- St. Ephrem: Saint of the Day for Friday, June 09, 2023
- Prayer for Travelers: Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, May 09, 2023
Saints & Angels
We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.
Help Now >
Copyright 2022 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2022 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.