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The First Written Mold Remediation Plan

April 17th, 2022 8:24 PM by Dan Howard

This entry is made on Easter of 2022.  The Bible (both the Old and New Testaments)  has a lot of things that are wisdom about what is good for us as individuals that applies even if you are not a Christian or Jew. Leviticus 14 is the first recorded information on mold and mold remediation that we know of.  It is good advice based on what was known then.  

We are blessed with an intellect and the desire to try to advance as individuals and as a society. We have learned  to recognize thongs that make is well and thongs that make us sick . We have to create tools and products to achieve better health. We have done this and communicated to others the benefits of the discoveries we have made. The science fiction of my youth is the reality of today. 

With all of that said, with all that we know..........in the words of Leviticus ..........here is what we can learn about mold.  

Leviticus 14:33-53

Today's New International Version (TNIV) of the Bible

Cleansing From Defiling Molds

33 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 34 “When you enter the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, and I put a spreading mold in a house in that land, 35 the owner of the house must go and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a defiling mold in my house.’ 36 The priest is to order the house to be emptied before he goes in to examine the mold, so that nothing in the house will be pronounced unclean. After this the priest is to go in and inspect the house. 37 He is to examine the mold on the walls, and if it has greenish or reddish depressions that appear to be deeper than the surface of the wall, 38 the priest shall go out the doorway of the house and close it up for seven days. 39 On the seventh day the priest shall return to inspect the house. If the mold has spread on the walls, 40 he is to order that the contaminated stones be torn out and thrown into an unclean place outside the town. 41 He must have all the inside walls of the house scraped and the material that is scraped off dumped into an unclean place outside the town. 42 Then they are to take other stones to replace these and take new clay and plaster the house.

43 “If the defiling mold reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house scraped and plastered, 44 the priest is to go and examine it and, if the mold has spread in the house, it is a persistent defiling mold; the house is unclean. 45 It must be torn down—its stones, timbers and all the plaster—and taken out of the town to an unclean place.

46 “Anyone who goes into the house while it is closed up will be unclean till evening. 47 Anyone who sleeps or eats in the house must wash their clothes.

48 “But if the priest comes to examine it and the mold has not spread after the house has been plastered, he shall pronounce the house clean, because the defiling mold is gone.

Posted by Dan Howard on April 17th, 2022 8:24 PM



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