Leviticus 21 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the priests, the sons of Aaron, Let no man make himself unclean for the dead among his people; 1 The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: 'A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die,
2 But only for his near relations, for his mother or his father, his son or his daughter, and his brother; 2 except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
3 And for his sister, a virgin, for she is his near relation and has had no husband, he may make himself unclean. 3 or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.
4 But let him, being a chief among his people, not make himself unclean in such a way as to put shame on himself. 4 He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
5 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. 5 " 'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
6 Let them be holy to their God and not make the name of their God common; for the fire offerings of the Lord and the bread of their God are offered by them, and they are to be holy. 6 They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the offerings made to the LORD by fire, the food of their God, they are to be holy.
7 They may not take as wife a loose or common woman, or one who has been put away by her husband: for the priest is holy to his God. 7 " 'They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.
8 And he is to be holy in your eyes, for by him the bread of your God is offered; he is to be holy in your eyes, for I the Lord, who make you holy, am holy. 8 Regard them as holy, because they offer up the food of your God. Consider them holy, because I the LORD am holy--I who make you holy.
9 And if the daughter of a priest makes herself common and by her loose behaviour puts shame on her father, let her be burned with fire. 9 " 'If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.
10 And he who is the chief priest among his brothers, on whose head the holy oil has been put, who is marked out to put on the holy robes, may not let his hair go loose or have his clothing out of order as a sign of sorrow. 10 " 'The high priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head and who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments, must not let his hair become unkempt or tear his clothes.
11 He may not go near any dead body or make himself unclean for his father or his mother; 11 He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,
12 He may not go out of the holy place or make the holy place of his God common; for the crown of the holy oil of his God is on him: I am the Lord. 12 nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD.
13 And let him take as his wife one who has not had relations with a man. 13 " 'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
14 A widow, or one whose husband has put her away, or a common woman of loose behaviour, may not be the wife of a priest; but let him take a virgin from among his people. 14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people,
15 And he may not make his seed unclean among his people, for I the Lord have made him holy. 15 so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. ' "
16 And the Lord said to Moses, 16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 Say to Aaron, If a man of your family, in any generation, is damaged in body, let him not come near to make the offering of the bread of his God. 17 "Say to Aaron: 'For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.
18 For any man whose body is damaged may not come near: one who is blind, or has not the use of his legs, or one who has a broken nose or any unnatural growth, 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 Or a man with broken feet or hands, 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 Or one whose back is bent, or one who is unnaturally small, or one who has a damaged eye, or whose skin is diseased, or whose sex parts are damaged; 20 or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.
21 No man of the offspring of Aaron whose body is damaged in any way may come near to give the fire offerings of the Lord: he is damaged, he may not come near to make the offerings. 21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God.
22 He may take of the bread of God, the holy and the most holy; 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 But he may not go inside the veil or come near the altar, because he is damaged; and he may not make my holy places common; for I the Lord have made them holy. 23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.' "
24 These are the words which Moses said to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel. 24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.