Regulations concerning Priests

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: '1 No one shall defile himself for a dead person among his people,

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2 2except * 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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3 also for his virgin sister, who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.

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    • a 21:3 - Or "whom no man has had"
      4 'He shall not defile himself as a relative by marriage among his people, and so profane himself.

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        • b 21:4 - Lit "husband among"
          5 '3They shall not make any baldness * on their heads, 4nor shave off the edges of their beards, 5nor make any cuts in their flesh.

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          6 'They shall be holy to their God and 6not profane the name of their God, for they present the offerings by fire to the LORD, 7the food of their God; so they shall be holy.

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          7 '8They shall not take a woman who is profaned by harlotry, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for he is holy to his God.

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          8 'You shall consecrate him, therefore, for he offers 9the food of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the LORD, who sanctifies you, am holy.

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          9 '10Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

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          10 'The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated * to wear the garments, 11shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes;

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            • d 21:10 - Lit "whose hand has been filled"
            • e 21:10 - Lit "unbind"
              11 12nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother;

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              12 13nor shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for 14the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him; I am the LORD.

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              13 'He shall take a wife in her virginity.
              14 '15A widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry, these he may not take; but rather * he is to marry a virgin of his own people,

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                • f 21:14 - Lit "take as wife"
                  15 so that he will not profane his offspring among his people; for I am the LORD who sanctifies him.' "

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                      16 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
                      17 "Speak to Aaron, saying, 'No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the 16food of his God.

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                      18 '17For no * one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a 18disfigured face, or any deformed limb,

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                      20 or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or 19crushed testicles.

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                      21 'No * man among the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the LORD'S offerings by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer 20the food of his God.

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                      22 'He may eat 21the food of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy,

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                      23 only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.' "
                      24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel.