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Leviticus 21 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Holiness and the Priests

(cf. Eze 44:15–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:1 - And the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them, No one shall make himself unclean for the dead among his people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:2 - except for his closest relatives, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:3 - or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean).
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:4 - He shall not make himself unclean as a husband among his people and so profane himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:5 - They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:6 - They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they offer the LORD’s food offerings, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:7 - They shall not marry a prostitute 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:8 - You shall sanctify him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I, the LORD, who sanctify you, am holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:9 - And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:10 - “The priest who is chief among his brothers, on 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 tear his clothes.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:11 - He shall not go in to any dead bodies nor make himself unclean, even for his father or for his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:12 - He shall not go out of the sanctuary, lest he profane the sanctuary of his God, for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him: I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:13 - And he shall take a wife in her virginity.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:14 - A widow, or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, or a prostitute, these he shall not marry. But he shall take as his wife a virgin[fn] of his own people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:15 - that he may not profane his offspring among his people, for I am the LORD who sanctifies him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:16 - And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:17 - “Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:18 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:19 - or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:20 - or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:21 - No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the LORD’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:22 - He may eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy things,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:23 - but he shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries,[fn] for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:24 - So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.
ESV Footnotes
Or a young wife
Hebrew young woman
Or my holy precincts

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