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Leviticus 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

2 Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean swarming things, though it is hidden from him and he is unclean, then he will be guilty.

3 Or if he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort his uncleanness may be with which he becomes unclean, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty. 4 Or if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, in whatever matter a man may speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty in one of these.

a) Whenever the aforementioned verses say "it is hidden from him" then does it mean "the person in question does Not know whether he/she sinned?"

If yes then when verses Leviticus 5:3 and 5:4 state the following:

"....it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it..."

b) Does it mean "the person in question does Not know whether he/she sinned, but at some point in time he/she comes to terms with the fact that he/she sinned." ?

c) Furthermore, why does Leviticus 5:2 leave out anything that has the same affect as the following verse that is in Leviticus 5:3 and 5:4?

"..., and then he comes to know it..."

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    Since the sin comes from comparison, comparison can only happen with realization, without realization there is no comparison therefore no sin. Only after realization can comparison occur, and after eating the fruit of the discernment without faith then denial falling in the pit of the stages of grief of the spirit, but with acceptance that comes through faith, they leap over the pit and remain steadfast in spirit. And this is how faith overcomes the comparison.
    – Decrypted
    Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 1:16
  • Look at NIV version than you will find 5:2 has the same structure of 5:3 & 5:4 Commented Aug 8, 2022 at 19:21

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  1. If a person touches an unclean thing and either doesn't know what they have touched or doesn't know that that type of thing is unclean, it is hidden from them. If they later know both what they touched and that that type of thing is unclean, they are guilty.
    Similarly for an oath, as people sometimes speak aloud without realizing that they have done so.
  2. If a person is uncertain, but has no way of determining, then it is hidden. If a person is uncertain, but they could find out, then it is not hidden, and they are required either to find out or make the offering.
    Leviticus 5:5&6

5 when anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned. 6 As a penalty for the sin they have committed, they must bring to the Lord a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for them for their sin.

a) & b) I wasn't sure whether you meant my 1. or my 2., so I answered them both ways.
c) I see no good reason why 5:2 should be missing the "..., and then he comes to know it..." of 5:3 and 5:4.

I appreciate God's kindness in not imputing sin to people for things they couldn't fix because the problem was hidden from them.

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