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Compare Translations for Leviticus 21:11

Leviticus 21:11 ASV
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 BBE
He may not go near any dead body or make himself unclean for his father or his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 CEB
He must not go near any dead bodies and cannot make himself unclean even for his father or mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 CJB
go in to where any dead body is or make himself unclean, even when his father or mother dies.
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Leviticus 21:11 RHE
Nor shall he go in at all to any dead person: not even for his father, or his mother, shall he be defiled.
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Leviticus 21:11 ESV
He shall not go in to any dead bodies nor make himself unclean, even for his father or for his mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 GW
He must never go near any dead bodies or become unclean, even for his father or mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 GNT
He has been dedicated to me and is not to make himself ritually unclean nor is he to defile my sacred Tent by leaving it and entering a house where there is a dead person, even if it is his own father or mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 HNV
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 CSB
He must not go near any dead person or make himself unclean [even] for his father or mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 KJV
Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 LEB
And he shall not go near any dead person, nor shall he make himself unclean for his father or for his mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 NAS
nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 NCV
He must not go into a house where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even if it is for his own father or mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 NIRV
He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself "unclean," even if his father or mother dies.
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Leviticus 21:11 NIV
He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,
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Leviticus 21:11 NKJV
nor shall he go near any dead body, nor defile himself for his father or his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 NLT
He must never defile himself by going near a dead person, even if it is his father or mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 NRS
He shall not go where there is a dead body; he shall not defile himself even for his father or mother.
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Leviticus 21:11 RSV
he shall not go in to any dead body, nor defile himself, even for his father or for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 DBY
Neither shall he come near any person dead, nor make himself unclean for his father and for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 MSG
He must not enter a room where there is a dead body. He must not ritually contaminate himself, even for his father or mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 WBT
Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 TMB
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father or for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 TNIV
He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,
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Leviticus 21:11 TYN
nether shall goo to any deed body nor make him selfe vncleane: no not on his father or mother
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Leviticus 21:11 WEB
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
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Leviticus 21:11 WYC
and utterly he shall not enter [in] to any dead man; and he shall not be defouled on his father, and mother (yea, he shall not even be defiled for his father, or his mother),
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Leviticus 21:11 YLT
nor beside any dead person doth he come; for his father and for his mother he doth not defile himself;
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Leviticus 21 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 21

Laws concerning the priests.

- As these priests were types of Christ, so all ministers must be followers of him, that their example may teach others to imitate the Saviour. Without blemish, and separate from sinners, He executed his priestly office on earth. What manner of persons then should his ministers be! But all are, if Christians, spiritual priests; the minister especially is called to set a good example, that the people may follow it. Our bodily infirmities, blessed be God, cannot now shut us out from his service, from these privileges, or from his heavenly glory. Many a healthful, beautiful soul is lodged in a feeble, deformed body. And those who may not be suited for the work of the ministry, may serve God with comfort in other duties in his church.

Leviticus 21 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 21

Leviticus 21:1-24 . OF THE PRIESTS' MOURNING.

1. There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people--The obvious design of the regulations contained in this chapter was to keep inviolate the purity and dignity of the sacred office. Contact with a corpse, or even contiguity to the place where it lay, entailing ceremonial defilement ( Numbers 19:14 ), all mourners were debarred from the tabernacle for a week; and as the exclusion of a priest during that period would have been attended with great inconvenience, the whole order were enjoined to abstain from all approaches to the dead, except at the funerals of relatives, to whom affection or necessity might call them to perform the last offices. Those exceptional cases, which are specified, were strictly confined to the members of their own family, within the nearest degrees of kindred.

4. But he shall not defile himself--"for any other," as the sense may be fully expressed. "The priest, in discharging his sacred functions, might well be regarded as a chief man among his people, and by these defilements might be said to profane himself" [BISHOP PATRICK]. The word rendered "chief man" signifies also "a husband"; and the sense according to others is, "But he being a husband, shall not defile himself by the obsequies of a wife"; or, "being an husband among his people, he shall not defile himself for his wife" ( Ezekiel 44:25 ).

5. They shall not make baldness upon their heads . . . nor . . . cuttings in their flesh--The superstitious marks of sorrow, as well as the violent excesses in which the heathen indulged at the death of their friends, were forbidden by a general law to the Hebrew people ( Leviticus 19:28 ). But the priests were to be laid under a special injunction, not only that they might exhibit examples of piety in the moderation of their grief, but also by the restraint of their passions, be the better qualified to administer the consolations of religion to others, and show, by their faith in a blessed resurrection, the reasons for sorrowing not as those who have no hope.

7-9. They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane--Private individuals might form several connections, which were forbidden as inexpedient or improper in priests. The respectability of their office, and the honor of religion, required unblemished sanctity in their families as well as themselves, and departures from it in their case were visited with severer punishment than in that of others.

10-15. he that is the high priest among his brethren . . . shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes--The indulgence in the excepted cases of family bereavement, mentioned above [ Leviticus 21:2 Leviticus 21:3 ], which was granted to the common priests, was denied to him; for his absence from the sanctuary for the removal of any contracted defilement could not have been dispensed with, neither could he have acted as intercessor for the people, unless ceremonially clean. Moreover, the high dignity of his office demanded a corresponding superiority in personal holiness, and stringent rules were prescribed for the purpose of upholding the suitable dignity of his station and family. The same rules are extended to the families of Christian ministers ( 1 Timothy 3:2 , Titus 1:6 ).

16-24. Whosoever he be . . . hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God--As visible things exert a strong influence on the minds of men, any physical infirmity or malformation of body in the ministers of religion, which disturbs the associations or excites ridicule, tends to detract from the weight and authority of the sacred office. Priests laboring under any personal defect were not allowed to officiate in the public service; they might be employed in some inferior duties about the sanctuary but could not perform any sacred office. In all these regulations for preserving the unsullied purity of the sacred character and office, there was a typical reference to the priesthood of Christ ( Hebrews 7:26 ).