Leviticus 21 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God spoke to Moses: "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron. Tell them, A priest must not ritually contaminate himself by touching the dead, 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 close relatives: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, 2 except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
3 or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband; for these he may make himself ritually 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 he must not contaminate himself with the dead who are only related to him by marriage and thus profane himself. 4 He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
5 "Priests must not shave their heads or trim their beards or gash their bodies. 5 " 'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
6 They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because their job is to present the gifts of God, the food of their God, 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 "Because a priest is holy to his God he must not marry a woman who has been a harlot or a cult prostitute or a divorced woman. 7 " 'They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.
8 Make sure he is holy because he serves the food of your God. Treat him as holy because I, God, 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 "If a priest's daughter defiles herself in prostitution, she disgraces her father. She must be burned at the stake. 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 high priest, the one among his brothers who has received the anointing oil poured on his head and been ordained to wear the priestly vestments, must not let his hair go wild and tangled nor wear ragged and torn 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 not enter a room where there is a dead body. He must not ritually contaminate himself, 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 and he must neither abandon nor desecrate the Sanctuary of his God because of the dedication of the anointing oil which is upon him. I am God. 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 "He is to marry a young virgin, 13 " 'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
14 not a widow, not a divorcee, not a cult prostitute - he is only to 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 defile his descendants among his people because I am God who makes him holy." 15 so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. ' "
16 God spoke to Moses: 16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 "Tell Aaron, None of your descendants, in any generation to come, who has a defect of any kind may present as an offering the food 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 That means anyone who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed, 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 crippled in foot or hand, 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 hunchbacked or dwarfed, who has anything wrong with his eyes, who has running sores or damaged 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 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to offer gifts to God; he has a defect and so must not offer the food 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 He may eat the food of his God, both the most holy and the holy, 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 but because of his defect he must not go near the curtain or approach the Altar. It would desecrate my Sanctuary. I am God who makes 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 Moses delivered this message to Aaron, his sons, and to all the People of Israel. 24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.