Leviticus 21 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD said to Moses, "Tell the priests to avoid making themselves ceremonially unclean by touching a dead relative 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 unless it is a close relative -- mother or father, son or daughter, brother 2 except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
3 or virgin sister who was dependent because she had no husband. 3 or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.
4 As a husband among his relatives, he must not defile himself." 4 He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
5 "The priests must never shave their heads, trim 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 set apart to God as holy and must never dishonor his name. After all, they are the ones who present the offerings to the LORD by fire, providing God with his food, and they must remain 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 "The priests must not marry women defiled by prostitution or women who have been divorced, for the priests must be set apart to God as holy. 7 " 'They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.
8 You must treat them as holy because they offer up food to your God. You must consider them holy because I, the LORD, am holy, and I make you 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 becomes a prostitute, defiling her father's holiness as well as herself, she must be burned to death." 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 has had the anointing oil poured on his head and has been ordained to wear the special priestly garments, must never let his hair hang loose or tear his clothing. 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 defile himself by going near a dead person, even if it is 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 desecrate the sanctuary of his God by leaving it to attend his parents' funeral, because he has been made holy by 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 high priest must marry a virgin. 13 " 'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution. She must be a virgin from his own clan, 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 that he may not dishonor his descendants among the members of his clan, because 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 Then the LORD said to Moses, 16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 "Tell Aaron that in all future generations, his descendants who have physical defects will not qualify to offer food to 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 No one who has a defect may come near to me, whether he is blind or lame, stunted or deformed, 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 or has a broken foot or hand, 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 or has a humped back or is a dwarf, or has a defective eye, or has oozing sores or scabs on his skin, or has 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 Even though he is a descendant of Aaron, his physical defects disqualify him from presenting offerings to the LORD by fire. Since he has a blemish, he may not offer food to 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 However, he may eat from the food offered to God, including the holy offerings and the most holy offerings. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 Yet because of his physical defect, he must never go behind the inner curtain or come near the altar, for this would desecrate my holy places. I am the LORD 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 So Moses gave these instructions 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.