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The large opposing digit on the hand. The right thumb, big toe, and right ear lobe were daubed with sacrificial blood in the priests’ ordination (Exod 29:20; Lev 8:23; Lev 8:24). The healed leper who is being cleansed is likewise daubed with blood and then oil on the same members (Lev 14:14; Lev 14:17; Lev 14:25; Lev 14:28). Loss of the toes and thumbs was humiliating and disabling (Judg 1:6-7).

Exod 29:20

20and you shall slaughter the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear and on the lobes of the right ears of his sons, and on ... View more

Lev 8:23

23and it was slaughtered. Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his ... View more

Lev 8:24

24After Aaron's sons were brought forward, Moses put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big to ... View more

Lev 14:14

14The priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of the right ... View more

Lev 14:17

17Some of the oil that remains in his hand the priest shall put on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of the right hand, and ... View more

Lev 14:25

25The priest shall slaughter the lamb of the guilt offering and shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and put it on the lobe of the right ear of t ... View more

Lev 14:28

28The priest shall put some of the oil that is in his hand on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of the right hand, and the b ... View more

Judg 1:6-7

6Adoni-bezek fled; but they pursued him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.7Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cu ... View more

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