Compare Translations for Leviticus 21:2

Leviticus 21:2 ASV
except for his kin, that is near unto him, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 BBE
But only for his near relations, for his mother or his father, his son or his daughter, and his brother;
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Leviticus 21:2 CEB
except for your closest relatives: for your mother, father, son, daughter, brother;
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Leviticus 21:2 CJB
except for his close relatives -his mother, father, son, daughter and brother;
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Leviticus 21:2 RHE
But only for his kin, such as are near in blood: that is to say, for his father and for his mother, and for his son, and for his daughter, for his brother also:
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Leviticus 21:2 ESV
except for his closest relatives, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 GW
However, you are allowed to become unclean when one of your nearest relatives dies. These relatives include your mother, father, son, daughter, or brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 GNT
unless it is his mother, father, son, daughter, brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 HNV
except for his relatives, that is near to him, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 CSB
except for his immediate family: his mother, father, son, daughter, or brother.
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Leviticus 21:2 KJV
But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 LEB
except for his direct relative closest to him: his mother and his father, and his son and his daughter, and his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 NAS
except for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 NCV
But if the dead person was one of his close relatives, he may touch him. The priest may make himself unclean if the dead person is his mother or father, son or daughter, brother or
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Leviticus 21:2 NIRV
But he can go near the body of a close relative. It could be his mother, father, son, daughter or brother.
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Leviticus 21:2 NIV
except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 NKJV
except for his relatives who are nearest to him: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, and his brother;
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Leviticus 21:2 NLT
unless it is a close relative -- mother or father, son or daughter, brother
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Leviticus 21:2 NRS
except for his nearest kin: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother;
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Leviticus 21:2 RSV
except for his nearest of kin, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 DBY
except for his immediate relation, who is near unto him -- for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother;
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Leviticus 21:2 MSG
except for close relatives: mother, father, son, daughter, brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 WBT
But for his kin, that is near to him, [that is], for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 TMB
except for his kin who is near unto him, that is: for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 TNIV
except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 TYN
but apon his kyn that is nye vnto him: as his mother, father, sonne, doughter and brother:
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Leviticus 21:2 WEB
except for his relatives, that is near to him, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
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Leviticus 21:2 WYC
no but only in his kinsmen, and nigh of blood, that is, on father, and mother, and son, and daughter, and brother, (only with his own relatives, and next of kin, that is, with his father, and mother, and son, and daughter, and brother,)
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Leviticus 21:2 YLT
except for his relation who [is] near unto him -- for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother.
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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 ).