Leviticus 21:1-6 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.