Leviticus 21 DBY/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Jehovah said to Moses, Speak unto the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none make himself unclean for a dead person among his peoples, 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 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; 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, that is near unto him, who hath had no husband, for her may he 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 He shall not make himself unclean [who is] a chief among his peoples, to profane himself. 4 He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
5 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. 5 " 'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
6 They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God; for they present Jehovah's offerings by fire, the bread of their God; therefore shall they 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 shall not take as wife a whore, or a dishonoured woman; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband; for he is holy unto 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 thou shalt hallow him; for the bread of thy God doth he present: he shall be holy unto thee; for I, Jehovah, who hallow you 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 the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall 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 the high priest among his brethren, on whose head the anointing oil was poured, and who is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his garments. 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 Neither shall he come near any person dead, nor make himself unclean for his father and for 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 neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am Jehovah. 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 he shall take a wife in her virginity. 13 " 'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or a dishonoured one, a harlot, these shall he not take; but he shall take as wife a virgin from among his peoples. 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 shall not profane his seed among his peoples; for I am Jehovah who do hallow him. 15 so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. ' "
16 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, 16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 Speak unto Aaron, saying, Any of thy seed throughout their generations that hath any defect, shall not approach to present 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 whatever man hath a defect, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or one limb longer than the other, 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 or a man that is broken-footed, or broken-handed, 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 or hump-backed, or withered, or that hath a spot in his eye, or hath the itch, or scabs, or his testicles broken. 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 seed of Aaron the priest that hath defect shall come near to present Jehovah's offerings by fire: he hath a defect; he shall not come near to present the bread of his God. 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 The bread of his God, of the most holy and of the holy, shall he eat; 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 only he shall not come in unto the veil, nor shall he draw near unto the altar; for he hath a defect: that he profane not my sanctuaries; for I am Jehovah who do hallow them. 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 And Moses told it 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.