|Leviticus 21 |
1 And the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron, and say to them, They are not to defile themselves by touching the dead among his people;
2 Except for his relatives, that are near to 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 virgin sister, that is near to him, who has had no husband; he may touch her and be defiled.
4 But he shall not defile himself with those related to him in marriage, to profane himself.
5 The priests must not shave their heads bald, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
6 They shall be holy to their God, and not profane the name of their God. For they make the offerings of the LORD by fire, and they offer the bread of their God, therefore they shall be holy.
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 the priest is holy to his God.
8 You shall sanctify him therefore for he offers the bread of your God; he shall be holy to you: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.
9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the whore, she profanes her father; she shall be burnt with fire.
10 And he that is the high priest among his brothers, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor tear 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.
13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity;
14 He shall not take a widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot; but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.
15 So that neither shall he profane his seed among his people for I the LORD do sanctify him."
16 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
17 "Speak to Aaron, saying, Whoever of your children in their generations that has any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.
18 For whatever man has a blemish, he shall not approach, as well as a blind man, or a lame, or he that has a flat nose, or anything superfluous, [God not allowing the lame and blind to approach the altar is an allegory to God's repulsion of being worshipped by those who cannot see by his light and walk by his spirit; the spiritually lame and blind who pray and worship from their carnal minds in will-worship are an abomination; for God must be worshipped in Spirit and Truth only.]
19 Or a man that is broken-footed, or broken-handed,
20 Or crookbacked, or a dwarf, or that has a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or has his testicles crushed;
21 No man who has a blemish of the seed of Aaron, the priest, shall come near to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire; if he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.
22 He may eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy.
23 But he shall not go in to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; so that he does not profane my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them."
24 And Moses told it to Aaron, and to his sons, and to all the children of Israel.
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