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Leviticus 21 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Regulations concerning Priests

(cf. Eze 44:15–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:1 - Then the LORD 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 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 present the offerings by fire [fn]to the LORD, 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 - ‘You shall consecrate him, therefore, for he offers the food of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the LORD, who sanctifies you, 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 - ‘The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and [fn]who has been consecrated 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 consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him; I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:13 - ‘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 is to [fn]marry a virgin of his own people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:15 - so that he will not profane his [fn]offspring among his people; for I am the LORD who sanctifies him.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:16 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:17 - “Speak to Aaron, saying, ‘No man of your [fn]offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:18 - ‘For no one who has a defect shall approach: 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 [fn]descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the LORDS offerings by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer 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 come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. 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 sons of Israel.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, whom no man has had
Literally: husband among
Literally: of
Literally: whose hand has been filled
Literally: unbind
Literally: take as wife
Literally: seed
Literally: seed
Literally: slit
Literally: obscurity
Literally: seed

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