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Leviticus 21 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Regulations concerning Priests

(cf. Eze 44:15–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:1 - The LORD said to Moses: "Say to the priests, the sons of Aaron - say to them, 'For a dead person no priest is to defile himself among his people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:2 - except for his close relative who is near to him: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:3 - and his virgin sister who is near to him, who has no husband; he may defile himself for her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:4 - He must not defile himself as a husband among his people so as to profane himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:5 - Priests must not have a bald spot shaved on their head, they must not shave the corner of their beard, and they must not cut slashes in their body.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:6 - "'They must be holy to their God, and they must not profane the name of their God, because they are the ones who present the LORD's gifts, the food of their God. Therefore they must be holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:7 - They must not take a wife defiled by prostitution, nor are they to take a wife divorced from her husband, for the priest is holy to his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:8 - You must sanctify him because he presents the food of your God. He must be holy to you because I, the LORD who sanctifies you all, am holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:9 - If a daughter of a priest profanes herself by engaging in prostitution, she is profaning her father. She must be burned to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:10 - "'The high priest - who is greater than his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured, who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments - must neither dishevel the hair of his head nor tear his garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:11 - He must not go where there is any dead person; he must not defile himself even for his father and his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:12 - He must not go out from the sanctuary and must not profane the sanctuary of his God, because the dedication of the anointing oil of his God is on him. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:13 - He must take a wife who is a virgin.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:14 - He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or one profaned by prostitution; he may only take a virgin from his people as a wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:15 - He must not profane his children among his people, for I am the LORD who sanctifies him.'"
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:16 - The LORD spoke to Moses:
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:17 - "Tell Aaron, 'No man from your descendants throughout their generations who has a physical flaw is to approach to present the food of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:18 - Certainly no man who has a physical flaw is to approach: a blind man, or one who is lame, or one with a slit nose, or a limb too long,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:19 - or a man who has had a broken leg or arm,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:20 - or a hunchback, or a dwarf, or one with a spot in his eye, or a festering eruption, or a feverish rash, or a crushed testicle.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:21 - No man from the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a physical flaw may step forward to present the LORD's gifts; he has a physical flaw, so he must not step forward to present the food of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:22 - He may eat both the most holy and the holy food of his God,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:23 - but he must not go into the veil-canopy or step forward to the altar because he has a physical flaw. Thus he must not profane my holy places, for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'"
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:24 - So Moses spoke these things to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites.

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