393. About a judge who distorts justice, HOW DO WE KNOW THAT ONE CONTRACTS LEPROSY? Because it is written "As the fire devours the stubble, and as the chaff...and their blossom shall go up as dust ..." (Yeshayah 5:24). What is the reason? "Because they have cast away the Torah of Hashem Tzva'ot" (Ibid.). And 'blossom' means none other than leprosy, as it is written: "And if the leprosy breaks (lit. 'blossoms') out abroad" (Vayikra 13:12). If one infringes on boundary rights of his neighbor, HOW DO WE KNOW THAT ONE CONTRACTS LEPROSY? From Uzziah, who infringed on the rights of the priesthood, as it is written: "The leprosy broke out on his forehead" (II Divrei Hayamim 26:19). HOW DO WE KNOW THAT someone who incites strife among brothers CONTRACTS LEPROSY? Because it is written: "And Hashem plagued Pharaoh" (Beresheet 12:17), BECAUSE he caused quarrel between Abraham and Sarah. About an evil eye, HOW DO WE KNOW? This is as we already studied THAT DAVID'S EVIL EYE WAS INFLICTING WITH LEPROSY THOSE WHO DID NOT FEAR HASHEM, SO WE HAVE PROOF THAT THE EVIL EYE CAUSES LEPROSY. All this was applicable to the wicked Bilaam.