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 13:55
 13:56
13:55 Seventh Reading Fourth Reading
After the mark has been scrubbed [and quarantined], the priest shall examine the article, and if the mark has not changed in appearance, then [even if] it has not expanded, it is unclean and must be burned. It is a mark of decay [that can be] on the smooth or fluffy side [of the cloth].
Vera'ah hakohen acharey hukabes et-hanega vehineh lo-hafach hanega et-eyno vehanega lo-fasah tame hu ba'esh tisrefenu pechetet hi bekarachto o vegabachto.
13:56 If the priest examines it after it has been scrubbed [and quarantined], and the mark has faded from the cloth, then he shall tear off [the mark] from the cloth, the leather, or from the warp or woof [threads].
Ve'im ra'ah hakohen vehineh kehah hanega acharey hukabes oto vekara oto min-habeged o min-ha'or o min-hashti o min-ha'erev.



Commentary:

even if
  (Ralbag; cf. Negaim 11:5; Yad, Tumath Tzaraath 12:1).

mark of decay
  (Saadia; Ibn Janach; Radak, Sherashim; Rashbam; Ralbag). Pechetheth in Hebrew. Or, 'penetrating blight' (Targum Yonathan; Sifra; Rashi). Or, 'contrasting mark' (Tosefta, Negaim 1:3).

smooth or fluffy side
  (Tur; Raavad on Sifra). Karachath or Gabachath in Hebrew; see Leviticus 13:42. It thus indicates the inside or outside of the cloth (Saadia; Ibn Ezra; Rashi; Ezrath Kohanim on Sifra). According to others, it can denote 'fluffy or worn' (Ramban on Negaim 11:11; Korban Aaron on Sifra; Tosefoth Yom Tov on Negaim 11:11), and hence, 'new or worn' (Targum; Rashi). This teaches a law that if a cloth is fluffy or hairy, the discoloration must be both on the fluff and on the cloth itself (Negaim 11:11; Sifra, Yad, Tumath 12:9).

faded
  (cf. Raavad on Tumath Tzaraath 12:1). or, 'changed color,' that is, from green to red or vice versa (Yad, ibid.).





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