The LORD said to Moses,
"Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings1 the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name.2 I am the LORD.33
"Say to them: 'For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the LORD,4 that person must be cut off from my presence.5 I am the LORD.
" 'If a descendant of Aaron has an infectious skin diseasea or a bodily discharge,6 he may not eat the sacred offerings until he is cleansed. He will also be unclean if he touches something defiled by a corpse7 or by anyone who has an emission of semen,
or if he touches any crawling thing8 that makes him unclean, or any person9 who makes him unclean, whatever the uncleanness may be.
The one who touches any such thing will be unclean10 till evening.11 He must not eat any of the sacred offerings unless he has bathed himself with water.127
When the sun goes down, he will be clean, and after that he may eat the sacred offerings, for they are his food.138
He must not eat anything found dead14 or torn by wild animals,15 and so become unclean16 through it. I am the LORD.179
" 'The priests are to keep my requirements18 so that they do not become guilty19 and die20 for treating them with contempt. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.b2110
" 'No one outside a priest's family may eat the sacred offering, nor may the guest of a priest or his hired worker eat it.2211
But if a priest buys a slave with money, or if a slave is born in his household, that slave may eat his food.23