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 31:18
 31:19
31:19 'You must now remain outside the camp for seven days. Whoever killed a person or touched a corpse must purify himself on the third and seventh days. As far as you and your captives are concerned,
Ve'atem chanu michuts lamachaneh shiv'at yamim kol horeg nefesh vechol nogea bechalal titchate'u bayom hashlishi uvayom hashvi'i atem ushvichem.



Commentary:

third and seventh days
  See Numbers, 19:12,19.

As far as you and your captives
  (Ramban). Or, 'this is true of both you and your captives.' Actually, gentiles do not become unclean upon contact with the dead (cf. Rashi). However, as soon as the prisoners were taken captive, they acquired the status of slaves, and thus had a status similar to that of true Israelites (Ralbag; cf. Sifri; Tzafanath Paneach). Some say that there were Israelite apostates included among the prisoners (Midrash Aggadah).





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