Leviticus 21 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD said to Moses, Say to the priests, Aaron's sons: None of you are allowed to make yourselves unclean by any dead person among your community 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 your closest relatives: for your mother, father, son, daughter, brother; 2 except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
3 also for your unmarried sister, who is close to you because she isn't married—you may be polluted for her sake. 3 or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.
4 You must not make yourself unclean for in-laws, defiling yourself by doing so. 4 He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
5 Priests must not shave bald patches on their heads or cut off the ends of their beards or make gashes in 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 so that they do not make their God's name impure. They must be holy because they offer the LORD's food gifts, their God's food. 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 Priests must not marry a woman who is promiscuous and defiled, nor can they marry a woman divorced from her husband, because priests must be holy to their God. 7 " 'They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.
8 You will treat the priests as holy, because they offer your God's food. The priests will be holy to you, because I am the holy LORD, who makes 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 the daughter of a priest defiles herself by being promiscuous, she defiles 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—the one whose head has been anointed with the anointing oil and who is ordained to dress in the priestly clothing—must not dishevel his hair 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 not go near any dead bodies and cannot make himself 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 exit the sanctuary, making his God's sanctuary impure by doing so, because his God's anointing oil, which separates, is upon him; 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 cannot marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by promiscuity. He can 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 so that he doesn't make his children impure among his people, because I am the LORD, who makes him holy. 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 Say to Aaron: None of your future descendants who have some kind of imperfection are allowed to offer their God's food. 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 an imperfection will be allowed to make an offering: this includes anyone who is blind, crippled, disfigured, or deformed; 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 anyone who has a broken foot or hand; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 anyone who is a hunchback or too small; anyone who has an eye disease, a rash, scabs, or a crushed testicle. 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 an imperfection will be allowed to offer the LORD's food gifts; since he has an imperfection, he will not be allowed to offer his God's food. 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, of course, eat of his God's most holy or holy food, 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 but since he has an imperfection, he cannot enter toward the inner curtain or officiate at the altar, making these parts of my sanctuary impure by doing so. 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 This is what Moses said to Aaron, his sons, and to all the Israelites. 24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.