NASB — Leviticus 21 — KJV

Regulations concerning Priests

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

¶ ‘aNo one shall defile himself for a [dead] person among his people, 2 aexcept for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother, 3 also for his virgin sister, who is near to him Ibecause she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself. 4 He shall not defile himself as a Irelative by marriage among his people, and so profane himself. 5 aThey shall not make any baldness on their heads, bnor shave off the edges of their beards, cnor make any cuts in their flesh. 6 They shall be holy to their God and anot profane the name of their God, for they present the offerings by fire Ito the LORD, bthe food of their God; so they shall be holy. 7 aThey 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. 8 You shall consecrate him, therefore, for he offers athe food of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the LORD, who sanctifies you, am holy. 9 aAlso the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

[1] aLv 19:28; Ezk 44:25
[2] aLv 21:11
[3] IOr whom no man has had
[4] ILit husband among
[5] aDt 14:1; Ezk 44:20 bLv 19:27 cDt 14:1
[6] ILit of aLv 18:21 bLv 3:11
[7] aLv 21:13, 14
[8] aLv 21:6
[9] aGn 38:24; Lv 19:29

10 ¶ ‘The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and Iwho has been consecrated to wear the garments, ashall not IIuncover his head nor tear his clothes; 11 anor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself [even] for his father or his mother; 12 anor shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for bthe consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him; I am the LORD. 13 He shall take a wife in her virginity. 14 aA widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry, these he may not take; but rather he is to Imarry a virgin of his own people, 15 so that he will not profane his Ioffspring among his people; for I am the LORD who sanctifies him.’”

[10] ILit whose hand has been filled IILit unbind aLv 10:6
[11] aLv 19:28; Nu 19:14
[12] aLv 10:7 bEx 29:6, 7
[14] ILit take as wife aLv 21:7; Ezk 44:22
[15] ILit seed

16 ¶ Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 17 “Speak to Aaron, saying, ‘No man of your Ioffspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the afood of his God. 18 aFor no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a Iadisfigured [face], or any deformed [limb], 19 or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, 20 or a hunchback or a dwarf, or [one who has] a Idefect in his eye or eczema or scabs or acrushed testicles. 21 No man among the Idescendants 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 athe food of his God. 22 He may eat athe food of his God, [both] of the most holy and of the holy, 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.’” 24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel.

[17] ILit seed aLv 21:6
[18] ILit slit aLv 22:19-25
[20] ILit obscurity aDt 23:1; Is 56:3-5
[21] ILit seed aLv 21:6
[22] a1Co 9:13


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Of the priests' mourning.

1 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people: 2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, [that is], for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother, 3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled. 4 [But] he shall not defile himself, [being] a chief man among his people, to profane himself. 5 They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.

[1] Lv 10:6; 21:11; Nu 19:14, 16; Ezk 44:25; Ho 5:1; Mal 2:1, 4.
[2] Lv 18:6; 1Th 4:13.
[4] Ezk 24:16.
[5] Lv 10:6; 19:27; Dt 14:1; Is 15:2; 22:12; Jr 16:6; 48:37; Ezk 44:20; Am 8:10; Mi 1:16.

Of their holiness.

6 They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, [and] the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.

[6] Ex 28:36; 29:44; Lv 3:11; 10:3; 18:21; 19:12; 21:8; Ezr 8:28; Is 52:11; Ezk 44:7; Mal 1:6, 7, 11; 1P 2:9.

Of their marriages.

7 They shall not take a wife [that is] a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he [is] holy unto his God.

[7] Lv 21:8; Dt 24:1; Is 50:1; Ezk 44:22; 1Ti 3:11.

Of their estimation.

8 Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, [am] holy.

[8] Ex 19:10, 14; 28:41; 29:1, 43; Lv 11:44; 19:2; 20:7; 21:6; Jn 10:36; 17:19; He 7:26; 10:29.

9 ¶ And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire. 10 And [he that is] the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes; 11 Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; 12 Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God [is] upon him: I [am] the LORD.

[9] Gn 38:24; Lv 20:14; Jsh 7:15, 25; 1S 2:17, 34; 3:13; Is 33:14; Ezk 9:6; Mal 2:3; Mt 11:20; 1Ti 3:4; Tit 1:6.
[10] Gn 37:34; Ex 28:2; 29:29; Lv 8:7, 12; 10:6, 7; 13:45; 16:32; Nu 35:25; 2S 15:30; Es 6:12; Jb 1:20; Ps 133:2; Mt 26:65.
[11] Lv 21:1; Nu 6:7; 19:14; Dt 33:9; Mt 8:21; 12:46; Lk 9:59; 14:26; 2Co 5:16.
[12] Ex 28:36; 29:6; Lv 8:9, 30; 10:7; Is 61:1; Ac 10:38.

Of their marriages.

13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity. 14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, [or] an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife. 15 Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.

[13] Lv 21:7; Ezk 44:22; 2Co 11:2; Rv 14:4.
[15] Gn 18:19; Lv 21:8; Ezr 2:62; 9:2; Ne 13:23; Mal 2:11, 15; Ro 11:16; 1Co 7:14.

16 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

The priests that have blemishes must not minister in the sanctuary.

17 Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever [he be] of thy seed in their generations that hath [any] blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For whatsoever man [he be] that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, 19 Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, 20 Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; 21 No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. 22 He shall eat the bread of his God, [both] of the most holy, and of the holy. 23 Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them. 24 And Moses told [it] unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.

[17] Lv 3:11, 16; 10:3; 21:21; 22:20; Nu 16:5; Ps 65:4; 1Th 2:10; 1Ti 3:2; He 7:26.
[18] Lv 22:23; Is 56:10; Mt 23:16, 19; 1Ti 3:2, 7; Tit 1:7, 10.
[20] Dt 23:1.
[21] Lv 21:6, 8, 17.
[22] Lv 2:3, 10; 6:16, 29; 7:1; 22:10; 24:8; Nu 18:9, 10, 19.
[23] Ex 30:6; 40:26; Lv 15:31; 21:8, 12; Ezk 44:9.
[24] Mal 2:1; Col 4:17; 1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 2:2.


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