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Leviticus 22:1-16

Sundry Rules for Priests

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Tell Aaron and his sons to be careful with the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they dedicate to Me, so as not to profane My holy name; I am the LORD.
3 "Say to them, '1If any man among all your descendants throughout your generations approaches the holy gifts which the sons of Israel dedicate to the LORD, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from before * Me; I am the LORD.
4 '2No * man of the descendants of Aaron, who is a leper or who has a discharge, may eat of the holy gifts until * he is clean. 3And if one touches anything made unclean by a corpse or if 4a man has a seminal * emission,
6 a person who touches any such shall be unclean until evening, and shall not eat of the holy gifts unless * he has bathed his body in water.
7 'But when the sun sets, he will be clean, and afterward he shall eat of the holy gifts, for 6it is his food.
8 'He shall not eat 7an animal which dies or is torn by beasts, becoming unclean by it; I am the LORD.
9 'They shall therefore keep 8My charge, so that 9they will not bear sin because of it and die thereby because they profane it; I am the LORD who sanctifies them.
10 '10No layman, however, is to eat the holy gift; a sojourner with the priest or a hired man shall not eat of the holy gift.
11 '11But if a priest buys a slave as his property with his money, that one may eat of it, and those who are born in his house may eat of his food.
12 'If a priest's daughter is married to a layman, she shall not eat of the offering of the gifts.
13 'But if a priest's daughter becomes a widow or divorced, and has no child and returns to her father's house as in her youth, she shall eat of her father's food; 12but no * layman shall eat of it.
14 '13But if a man eats a holy gift unintentionally, then he shall add to it a fifth of it and shall give the holy gift to the priest.
15 '14They shall not profane the holy gifts of the sons of Israel which they offer to the LORD,
16 and so cause them 15to bear punishment for guilt by eating their holy gifts; for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.' "
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