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Leviticus 21 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Holiness of the Priests

(cf. Eze 44:15–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:1 -

Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them:

‘No one shall defile himself for a dead person among his people,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:2 - except for his [fn]blood relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:3 - also for his virgin sister, who is near to him [fn]because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:4 - ‘He shall not defile himself as a [fn]relative by marriage among his people, and so profane himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:5 - ‘They shall not make any baldness on their heads nor shave off the edges of their beards nor make any cuts in their flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:6 - ‘They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they bring near the offerings [fn]to Yahweh by fire, the food of their God; so they shall be holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:7 - ‘They shall not take a woman who is profaned by harlotry, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for he is holy to his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:8 - ‘Therefore, you shall set him apart as holy, for he brings near the food of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I Yahweh, who makes you holy, am holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:9 - ‘Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:10 -

‘And the priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and [fn]who has been ordained to wear the garments, shall not [fn]uncover his head nor tear his clothes;

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:11 - nor shall he approach any dead person nor defile himself even for his father or his mother;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:12 - nor shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for the dedication of the anointing oil of his God is on him; I am Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:13 - ‘And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:14 - ‘A widow or a divorced woman or one who is profaned by harlotry, these he may not take; but rather he shall take a virgin of his own people as a wife,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:15 - so that he will not profane his seed among his people; for I am Yahweh who makes him holy.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:16 -

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:17 - “Speak to Aaron, saying, ‘No man of your seed throughout their generations who has a defect shall come near to offer the food of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:18 - ‘For no one who has a defect shall come near: a blind man or a lame man or he who has a [fn]disfigured face or any deformed limb,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:19 - or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:20 - or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a [fn]defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:21 - ‘No man among the seed of Aaron the priest who has a defect shall approach to bring near the offerings to Yahweh by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not approach to bring near the food of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:22 - ‘He may eat the food of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:23 - only he shall not go in to the veil or approach the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am Yahweh who makes them holy.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:24 - So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel.
LSB Footnotes
Lit flesh
Or whom no man has had
Lit husband among
Lit of
Lit whose hand has been filled
Lit unbind
Lit slit
Lit obscurity

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