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חקת - "Statute"

Weekly parashah #39: Chukat

  • Torah: B'midbar (Numbers) 19:1-22:1
  • Haftarah: Shof'tim (Judges) 11:1-33
  • Greek Scriptures: Yochanan (John) 11-12

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Numbers 19:1-2

Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, "This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, 'Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed.

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The Hebrew Word


Chukat (Strong's #2708) means "appointed" or "statute". It is used 106 times in 100 verses in the Tanakh.

First use in Scripture

The first time chukat is used in Scripture is in Genesis 26:5.

Genesis 26:5

Because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."


Last use in Scripture

The last time chukat is used in Scripture is in Micah 6:16.

Micah 6:16

"The statutes of Omri And all the works of the house of Ahab are observed; And in their devices you walk. Therefore I will give you up for destruction And your inhabitants for derision, And you will bear the reproach of My people."


Parashah Outline

  • Ordinance of the Red Heifer - Numbers 19:1
  • Death of Miryiam - Numbers 20:1
  • The Water of Meravah - Numbers 20:8
  • Death of Aharon - Numbers 20:23
  • Arad Conquered - Numbers 21:1
  • The Bronze Serpent - Numbers 21:6
  • Two Victories - Numbers 21:21


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