It may not be out of place to append two or three parallel
passages here by way of illustration:--"Bodily suffering purges
away sin" (_Berachoth_, fol. 5, col. 1). "He who suffers will
not see hell" (_Eiruvin_, fol. 41, col. 2). "To die of diarrhoea
is an augury for good, for most of the righteous die of that
ailment" (_Kethuboth_, fol. 103, col. 2, and elsewhere).
The bathing season at (the hot baths of) Dimsis lasted twenty-one days.
THE TALMUD, _Shabbath_, fol. 147, col. 2.