COVID-19 and Bible Quarantine — Practical Advice

COVID-19 is a worldwide killer pandemic. The Bible is a worldwide instruction manual. Here’s practical advice, revealed 3000 years ago.

COVID-19 and Bible Quarantine. Is there a relationship? Some practical advice.
COVID-19 and Bible Quarantine. Is there a relationship? Some practical advice.

The Principle of Separation

To understand the Bible’s approach to quarantine, health safety, and hence how to deal with epidemics and COVID-19, we must grasp a fundamental principle that underlies God’s entire approach to handling human beings. This might sound drastic, but there’s no middle ground. It’s yes or no, do or don’t, in or out, up or down.

Quarantine the meaning.

The definition of quarantine comes from forty days and dates back to the mid-14th century Bubonic plague in Europe. States established a cordon-sanitaire, a restricted sanitary area to restrain the movement of people. The area of Dubrovnik in Croatia was the first to do this on an island for 30 days. Later the Venetians extended it to 40 days because, for that plague, from infection to death was 37 days. They isolated ships, arriving from around the world, and particularly China for 40 (quarante) days. From which we get quarantine.

Leviticus 13 the whole chapter.

45 And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.

46 All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.

47 The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woollen garment, or a linen garment;

Read the entire chapter at Note that the Priests, specially appointed people from the tribe of Levi, who were descendants of the first Priest, Aaron, had the responsibility to oversee the proper functioning of this confinement. Priests have scientific and medical know-how. At least enough to identify boils. They also have decisional discretion to isolate people and houses. Even order the destruction of a house based on visible evidence (Lev. 14).

God cares for the healthy and the sick.

When the Israelites crossed the Jordan and settled in the land now called Israel, there was sickness and other reasons to separate certain people from the main dwelling centers. God instructed Moses, who passed on the information to future leaders. This instruction included the construction and reservation of three cities set apart to receive special justice cases. The Explanation will elaborate on this retention system to show how the Bible handles criminal issues.

Swift Separation

Quarantine is only efficient if acted on SWIFTLY. Nip the problem in the bud. This is where communication from the street-level, so to speak, has to filter its way to top governmental officials who have both the know-how to evaluate the situation and the authority to make rapid decisions to solve national problems. Only a global system can bring results.

  • Competent management and organization
  • Swift massive testing and results
  • Swift separation into adequately prepared quarters
  • Swift quarantine under proper circumstances and supervision

You’re in or you’re out

In the study of Genesis 3, in Agony of Humankind, I pointed out how God put the man and woman out of the Garden of Eden. Sounds very negative, but God is planning long-term, not short term, and this expulsion, under the right circumstances, is necessary. It’s a positive step to help them reclaim their spiritual health.

Genesis 3:24

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Let’s look at the deeper meaning of the Biblical Hebrew for drove out.


גָּרַשׁ gârash gaw-rash’; a primitive root; to drive out (H1644) from a possession; especially to expatriate or divorce:

KJV — cast up (out), divorced (woman), drive away (forth, out), expel, ⨯ surely put away, trouble, thrust out.

Adam and Eve became spiritually unhealthy, Their behavior altered their minds. They were no longer in harmony with the Garden’s proper spiritual attitude that characterizes God and His Garden. He expelled them, cast them out. You might think that sounds horrible coming from God. But the Bible makes it clear. If you’re not in conformity with the ethics, environment, behavior, health of a particular place, you don’t belong there. God quarantined, so-to-speak, Adam and Eve to Eden, still a beautiful location and He continued to take care of them. They were OUT of the Garden.

Practicality of the Bible for the 21st century

Having read this far, realize the sensibility of this delicate but oh so important subject that is timely and global. Not only does the Bible address this issue, but it is the first book to do so. There have been leper colonies historically, but it is not until the 14th century, over 2000 years since Leviticus was written, that we see quarantine mentioned in literature.

Deuteronomy 4:4–8

4 But you that did cleave to the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day (Sam: Just before entering the Promised Land).

5 Behold, I (Moses) have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do so in the land where you go to possess it.

6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

7 For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

8 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

This is the common sense of scripture. Read those verses again. God, through Moses, about 3,500 years ago gave His nation laws that are valid for ALL nations at ALL times. God never abandoned His people, ALL the people in the world. It is all the people in the world that abandoned God. He clothed Adam and Eve, gave Moses all the procedures for running a nation, gave Solomon Proverbs so all people can know how to run their lives. Yes, there’s a certain adaptability over time, but ALL the practical basics are there. Quarantine in the COVID-19 crisis is just one of them. These Bible laws are VALID in today’s society.

A wise man once said, Teach you me, what I do not know.

Let’s get started with The Explanation.

  1. Inventory of the Universe
  2. Audit of the Universe
  3. Audit of Humankind
  4. Origin of the Universe (Commentary on Genesis 1)
  5. Origin of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 1:26–2:7)
  6. Origin of Woman (Commentary on Genesis 2:8–25)
  7. Agony of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 3)



Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook.

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Sam Kneller

Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook.