Leviticus 21 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD spoke to Moses, "Tell the priests, Aaron's sons: None of you should become unclean by touching one of your relatives who has died. 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 However, you are allowed to become unclean when one of your nearest relatives dies. These relatives include your mother, father, son, daughter, or brother, 2 except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
3 and especially an unmarried virgin sister who is still close to you. 3 or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.
4 As the head of your people, you should never become unclean. That would make you unholy. 4 He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
5 "You should never mourn by shaving bald spots on your heads, shaving the edges of your beards, or slashing your bodies. 5 " 'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
6 "Be God's holy men, and don't dishonor the name of your God. Be holy because you bring sacrifices by fire to the LORD. It is the food of your God. 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 You should never marry prostitutes, those who have lost their virginity, or divorced women because a priest is God's holy man. 7 " 'They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.
8 Be holy because you offer the food of your God. Be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I set you apart as 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 When a priest's daughter dishonors herself by becoming a prostitute, she dishonors her father. She must be burned. 9 " 'If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.
10 "The priest who is anointed with oil and wears the chief priest's clothes is chief over his brothers. He must never mourn by leaving his hair uncombed or by tearing his clothes. 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 must never go near any dead bodies or become unclean, even for his father or 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 must not leave the holy tent of his God. If he does, he will be dishonoring it, because he is dedicated with the anointing oil of his God. 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 "The anointed priest must marry a virgin. 13 " 'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
14 He must never marry a widow, a divorced woman, a woman who has lost her virginity, or a prostitute. He may only marry a virgin from his own 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 He must not dishonor his children among his people because I, the LORD, set him apart as holy." 15 so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. ' "
16 The LORD spoke to Moses, 16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 "Tell Aaron: If any of your descendants (now or in future generations) has a physical defect, he must never bring food to offer to 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 Indeed, no one who has a physical defect may ever come near [the altar]. That means anyone who is blind or lame, who has a disfigured face, a deformity, 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 or a crippled hand or foot, 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 who is a hunchback or dwarf, who has defective sight, skin diseases, or crushed testicles. 20 or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.
21 If a descendant of the priest Aaron has a physical defect, he must never bring sacrifices by fire to the LORD. He has a defect. He must never bring food to offer to 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 He may eat the food of his God--what is holy and what is very holy. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 However, he must never come up to the canopy or to the altar, since he has a physical defect. He must never dishonor the holy places because I, the LORD, set them apart as 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 So Moses spoke to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites. 24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.