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Each stage of the action is complex, detailing the treatment not only of the woman, but of the potion and the meal-offering. It is for this reason that in each section of the action (B) the key word that describes the action is repeated twice. In v. 15, the repetition of hby) "(the man) brings," could be explained by the fact that the man brings both the woman and the offering; the repetition of the verb emphasizes that he must bring the offering in order to bring the woman. In the other three sections, the repeated verbs have the same referents: the priest stands the woman before the Lord, hCmyd (vv. 16, 18); the priest adjures the woman, hfbyc (vv. 19, 21); and the priest has the woman drink, hfqh (vv. 24, 27).