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Leviticus 21 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:1 - And the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them that none of them shall defile himself for the dead among his people,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:2 - except for his nearest of kin, 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 defile himself).

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:4 - He shall not defile himself as a husband among his people and so profane himself.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:5 - They shall not make tonsures upon their heads, nor shave off 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 by fire to the LORD, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:7 - They shall not marry a harlot 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 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 - And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:10 - "The priest who is chief among his brethren, upon 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 rend his clothes;

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:11 - he shall not go in to any dead body, nor defile himself, even for his father or for his mother;

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:12 - neither 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 one divorced, or a woman who has been defiled, or a harlot, these he shall not marry; but he shall take to wife a virgin of his own people,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:15 - that he may not profane his children among his people; for I am the LORD who sanctify him."

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:16 - And the LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:17 - "Say to Aaron, None of your descendants 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 descendants of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the LORD's offerings by fire; 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 come near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries; for I am the LORD who sanctify them."

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 21:24 - So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.
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