Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

民数记 5


1耶和华对摩西说: “你吩咐以色列人把所有患麻风病、漏症和因碰过死尸而不洁净的人, 无论男女,都送到营外,免得他们玷污了营地,因为我住在其中。” 以色列人就照耶和华对摩西的吩咐,把这些人送到营外。


耶和华对摩西说: “你把以下条例告诉以色列人。

“无论男女,若损害别人就是不忠于耶和华,就是犯罪。 那人必须认罪,赔偿损失,并且必须加赔五分之一。 如果受害人已死,又没有可以接受赔偿的近亲,赔偿就属于耶和华,要归祭司所有。那人还要再献上一只公绵羊为自己赎罪。 以色列人带来奉献的一切圣物都要归祭司所有。 10 各人奉献的圣物,无论是什么,都要归祭司所有。”


11 耶和华对摩西说: 12-14 “你把以下条例告诉以色列人。

“若有人怀疑妻子出轨,暗中与人通奸,却没有证据,在无法确定是自己疑心还是妻子不忠的情况下, 15 他要带妻子到祭司那里,同时为妻子带去一公斤大麦面粉作为供物。不可在上面浇油或加乳香,因为这是因疑心而献上的素祭,要证明他妻子是否有罪。

16 “祭司要把那妇人带到耶和华面前, 17 用陶器盛一些圣水,从圣幕的地上取一些尘土撒在水中, 18 然后让那妇人站在耶和华面前,解开她的头发,把那素祭放在她手里。祭司要拿着带给罪人咒诅的苦水, 19 叫她发誓。祭司要对她说,‘如果你没有出轨,没有背着丈夫与人通奸,就不会被这苦水所害。 20 如果你曾出轨,背着丈夫与人通奸, 21-22 你喝下这苦水后,愿耶和华使你大腿消瘦、肚腹肿胀、不能生育,使你被同胞咒诅和唾弃。’她要说,‘阿们!阿们!’ 23 祭司要把这咒诅写在书卷上,再放在苦水里把字洗掉。 24 祭司要让妇人喝这可带来咒诅的苦水,不忠的妇人喝下后,肚子会感到剧痛。 25 祭司要从妇人手中接过她丈夫因疑心而献的素祭,在耶和华面前摇一摇,然后带到祭坛那里。 26 他要从素祭中取出一把面粉作为象征放在祭坛上焚烧,然后叫那妇人喝下苦水。 27 如果她曾与人通奸,背叛了丈夫,这可带来咒诅的苦水进入她体内后,会引起剧痛,使她肚腹肿胀、大腿消瘦、不能生育,她也将被同胞咒诅。 28 但如果她是贞洁的,没有与人通奸,就不会受伤害,仍能生育。

29 “这就是处理丈夫怀疑妻子不忠的条例。遇到妻子背着丈夫与人通奸, 30 或是丈夫怀疑妻子不忠,就要让妻子站在耶和华面前,由祭司对她执行这条例。 31 无论结果怎样,丈夫都无罪,但妻子若有罪,必承担罪责。”

New International Version - UK

Numbers 5

The purity of the camp

1The Lord said to Moses, ‘Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has a defiling skin disease[a] or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body. Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them.’ The Israelites did so; they sent them outside the camp. They did just as the Lord had instructed Moses.

Restitution for wrongs

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: “Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way[b] and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged. But if that person has no close relative to whom restitution can be made for the wrong, the restitution belongs to the Lord and must be given to the priest, along with the ram with which atonement is made for the wrongdoer. All the sacred contributions the Israelites bring to a priest will belong to him. 10 Sacred things belong to their owners, but what they give to the priest will belong to the priest.”’

The test for an unfaithful wife

11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: “If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 so that another man has sexual relations with her, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), 14 and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure – or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure – 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah[c] of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour olive oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder-offering to draw attention to wrongdoing.

16 ‘“The priest shall bring her and make her stand before the Lord. 17 Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. 18 After the priest has made the woman stand before the Lord, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder-offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, ‘If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband’– 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse – ‘may the Lord cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.’

‘“Then the woman is to say, ‘Amen. So be it.’

23 ‘“The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water. 24 He shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering will enter her. 25 The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the Lord and bring it to the altar. 26 The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial[e] offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to make the woman drink the water. 27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: when she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

29 ‘“This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and makes herself impure while married to her husband, 30 or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to make her stand before the Lord and is to apply this entire law to her. 31 The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.”’


  1. Numbers 5:2 The Hebrew word for defiling skin disease, traditionally translated ‘leprosy’, was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
  2. Numbers 5:6 Or woman who commits any wrong common to mankind
  3. Numbers 5:15 That is, probably about 1.6 kilograms
  4. Numbers 5:21 That is, may he cause your name to be used in cursing (see Jer. 29:22); or, may others see that you are cursed; similarly in verse 27.
  5. Numbers 5:26 Or representative