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Leviticus 21 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Lord said to Moses, "Tell these things to Aaron's sons, the priests: 'A priest must not make himself unclean by touching a dead person. 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 if the dead person was one of his close relatives, he may touch him. The priest may make himself unclean if the dead person is his mother or father, son or daughter, brother or 2 except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
3 unmarried sister who is close to him because she has no husband. The priest may make himself unclean for her if she dies. 3 or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.
4 But a priest must not make himself unclean if the dead person was only related to him by marriage. 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 shave off the edges of their beards, or cut 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 show respect for God's name, because they present the offerings made by fire to the Lord, which is the food of their God. So they must 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 "'A priest must not marry an unclean prostitute or a divorced woman, because he 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 Treat him as holy, because he offers up the food of your God. Think of him as holy; I am the Lord who makes you holy, and I 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 makes herself unclean by becoming a prostitute, she shames her father. She must 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 "'The high priest, who was chosen from among his brothers, had the special olive oil poured on his head. He was also appointed to wear the priestly clothes. So he must not show his sadness by letting his hair go uncombed or 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 not go into a house where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even if it is for his own 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 The high priest must not go out of the Holy Place, because if he does and becomes unclean, he will make God's Holy Place unclean. The special oil used in appointing priests was poured on his head to separate him from the rest of the people. 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 high priest must marry a woman who is a virgin. 13 " 'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a prostitute. He must 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 so the people will respect his children as his own. I am the Lord. I have set the high priest apart for his special job.'" 15 so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. ' "
16 The Lord said to Moses, 16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 "Tell Aaron: 'If any of your descendants have something wrong with them, they must never come near to offer the special food of their 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 Anyone who has something wrong with him must not come near: blind men, crippled men, men with damaged faces, deformed men, 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 men with a crippled foot or hand, 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 hunchbacks, dwarfs, men who have something wrong with their eyes, men who have an itching disease or a skin disease, or men who have damaged sex glands. 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 one of Aaron's descendants has something wrong with him, he cannot come near to make the offerings made by fire to the Lord. He has something wrong with him; he cannot 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 most holy food and also the holy food. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 But he may not go through the curtain into the Most Holy Place, and he may not go near the altar, because he has something wrong with him. He must not make my Holy Place unfit. I am the Lord who makes these places 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 told these things to Aaron, Aaron's sons, and all the people of Israel. 24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.