Compare Translations for Leviticus 21:5

Leviticus 21:5 ASV
They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 BBE
They are not to have their hair cut off for the dead, or the hair on their chins cut short, or make cuts in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 CEB
Priests must not shave bald patches on their heads or cut off the ends of their beards or make gashes in their bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 CJB
Cohanim are not to make bald spots on their heads, mar the edges of their beards or cut gashes in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 RHE
Neither shall they shave their head, nor their beard, nor make incisions in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 ESV
They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body.
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Leviticus 21:5 GW
"You should never mourn by shaving bald spots on your heads, shaving the edges of your beards, or slashing your bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 GNT
"No priest shall shave any part of his head or trim his beard or cut gashes on his body to show that he is in mourning.
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Leviticus 21:5 HNV
They shall not make baldness on their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 CSB
"Priests may not make bald spots on their heads, shave the edge of their beards, or make gashes on their bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 KJV
They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 LEB
" 'And they shall not shave bald patches on their head, and they shall not shave off the corner of their beard, and they shall not make a cut in their body.
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Leviticus 21:5 NAS
'They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 NCV
"'Priests must not shave their heads, or shave off the edges of their beards, or cut their bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 NIRV
" 'Priests must not shave any part of their heads. They must not shave off the edges of their beards. They must not make cuts on their bodies when someone dies.
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Leviticus 21:5 NIV
" 'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 NKJV
'They shall not make any bald place on their heads, nor shall they shave the edges of their beards nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 NLT
"The priests must never shave their heads, trim the edges of their beards, or cut their bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 NRS
They shall not make bald spots upon their heads, or shave off the edges of their beards, or make any gashes in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 RSV
They shall not make tonsures upon their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 DBY
They shall not make any baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corners of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 MSG
"Priests must not shave their heads or trim their beards or gash their bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 WBT
They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 TMB
They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 TNIV
" 'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
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Leviticus 21:5 TYN
They shall make the no baldnesse apon their heedes or shaue off the lockes of their beerdes, nor make any markes in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 WEB
They shall not make baldness on their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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Leviticus 21:5 WYC
Priests shall not shave their head, neither beard, neither they shall make (any) carvings in their fleshes;
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Leviticus 21:5 YLT
they do not make baldness on their head, and the corner of their beard they do not shave, and in their flesh they do not make a cutting;
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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 ).