The use of the bath was very frequent among the Hebrews (Leviticus 14:8; Numbers 19:19, etc.). The high priest at his inauguration (Leviticus 8:6), and on the day of atonement, was required to bathe himself (16:4, 24). The “pools” mentioned in Neh. 3:15-16, 2 Kings 20:20, Isaiah 22:11, John 9:7, were public bathing-places.