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Leviticus 21 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Regulations for Conduct of Priests
The Holiness of the Priests
(cf. Ezek. 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: ‘None shall defile himself for the dead among his people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:2 - ‘except for his relatives who are nearest to him: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, and his brother;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:3 - ‘also his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no husband, for her he may defile himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:4 - Otherwise he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:5 - ‘They shall not make any bald place on their heads, nor shall they shave the edges of their beards nor make any cuttings 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 offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:7 - ‘They shall not take a wife who is a harlot or a defiled woman, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for the priest[fn] is holy to his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:8 - ‘Therefore you shall consecrate 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 - ‘The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, she profanes her father. She shall be burned with fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:10 - He who is the high priest among his brethren, on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:11 - ‘nor shall he go near any dead body, nor defile himself 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 upon him: I am the LORD.
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 a defiled woman or a harlot—these he shall not marry; but he shall take a virgin of his own people as wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:15 - ‘Nor shall he profane his posterity among his people, for I the LORD sanctify him.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:16 - And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:17 - “Speak to Aaron, saying: ‘No man of your descendants in succeeding generations, who has any defect, may approach to offer the bread of his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:18 - ‘For any man who has a defect shall not approach: a man blind or lame, who has a marred face or any limb too long,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:19 - ‘a man who has a broken foot or broken hand,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:20 - ‘or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or eczema or scab, or is a eunuch.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:21 - ‘No man of the descendants of Aaron the priest, who has a defect, shall come near to offer the offerings made by fire to the LORD. He has a defect; 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 the most holy and the holy;
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:23 - ‘only he shall not go near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a defect, lest he profane My sanctuaries; for I the LORD sanctify them.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:24 - And Moses told it to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel.
NKJV Footnotes
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