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Leviticus 21 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them that none of them shall defile himself for the dead among his people, 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 his nearest of kin, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother, 2 except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
3 or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself). 3 or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.
4 He shall not defile himself as a husband among his people and so profane himself. 4 He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
5 They shall not make tonsures upon their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. 5 " 'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
6 They shall be holy to their God, and not profane the name of their God; for they offer the offerings by fire to the LORD, the bread of their God; therefore they shall 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 They shall not marry a harlot or a woman who has been defiled; neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband; for the priest 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 You shall consecrate him, for he offers the bread of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the LORD, who sanctify you, 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 And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, profanes her father; she shall 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 priest who is chief among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, nor rend 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 shall not go in to any dead body, nor defile himself, even for his father or for his 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 neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God 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 And he shall take a wife in her virginity. 13 " 'The woman he marries must be a virgin.
14 A widow, or one divorced, or a woman who has been defiled, or a harlot, these he shall not marry; but he shall take to wife a virgin of 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 that he may not profane his children among his people; for I am the LORD who sanctify him." 15 so he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the LORD, who makes him holy. ' "
16 And the LORD said to Moses, 16 The LORD said to Moses,
17 "Say to Aaron, None of your descendants throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread 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 For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
19 or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,
20 or a hunchback, or a dwarf, or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs 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 no man of the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the LORD's offerings by fire; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread 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 bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy things, 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;
23 but he shall not come near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries; for I am the LORD who sanctify them." 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 to his sons and to all the people of Israel. 24 So Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.