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“Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the Lord, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.”

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Numbers 5:30 Translation & Meaning

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Or א֣וֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if Or
when אֲשֶׁ֨ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc when
the spirit ר֥וּחַ Wind; by resemblance breath, i.e., a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions) spirit
of jealousy קִנְאָ֖ה Jealousy or envy jealousy
cometh תַּֽעֲבֹ֥ר To cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation) cometh
upon עָלָ֛יו Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
him, אִ֗ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) him
and he be jealous וְקִנֵּ֣א To be (causatively, make) zealous, i.e., (in a bad sense) jealous or envious jealous
over his wife, אִשְׁתּ֑וֹ A woman wife
and shall set וְהֶֽעֱמִ֤יד To stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive) set
the woman הָֽאִשָּׁה֙ A woman woman
before לִפְנֵ֣י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) before
the Lord, יְהוָ֔ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
and the priest הַכֹּהֵ֔ן Literally one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman) priest
shall execute וְעָ֤שָׂה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application execute
upon her אֵ֥ת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) upon
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
this הַזֹּֽאת׃ This (often used adverb) this
law. הַתּוֹרָ֖ה A precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch law

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  • 28  And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.

  • 29  This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;

  • 30  Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the Lord, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.

  • 31  Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.


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