Of the priests' mourning.
Leviticus 21:1 And the LORD said vnto Moses; Speake vnto the Priests the sonnes of Aaron, and say vnto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people: Leviticus 21:2 But for his kinne, that is neere vnto him, [that is], for his mother, and for his father, and for his sonne, and for his daughter, and for his brother, Leviticus 21:3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh vnto him, which hath had no husband: for her may he be defiled. Leviticus 21:4 But hee shall not defile himselfe being a chiefe man among his people, to prophane himselfe. Leviticus 21:5 They shall not make baldnesse vpon their head, neither shall they shaue off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh:
Of their holiness.
Leviticus 21:6 They shalbe holy vnto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offrings of the LORD made by fire, [and] the bread of their God they doe offer: therefore they shall be holy.
Of their marriages.
Leviticus 21:7 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 vnto his God.
Of their estimation.
Leviticus 21:8 Thou shalt sanctifie him therfore, for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shalbe holy vnto thee: for I the LORD which sanctifie you, [am] holy.
Leviticus 21:9 And the daughter of any Priest, if she profane her selfe, by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: shee shall be burnt with fire. Leviticus 21:10 And he that is the high Priest among his brethren, vpon whose head the anointing oyle was powred, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not vncouer his head, nor rent his clothes: Leviticus 21:11 Neither shall he goe in to any dead body, nor defile himselfe for his father, or for his mother: Leviticus 21:12 Neither shall hee goe out of the Sanctuary, nor prophane the Sanctuary of his God; for the crowne of the anointing oile of his God [is] vpon him: I [am] the LORD.
Of their marriages.
Leviticus 21:13 And he shall take a wife in her virginitie. Leviticus 21:14 A widow, or a diuorced woman, or prophane, [or] an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgine of his owne people to wife. Leviticus 21:15 Neither shal he prophane his seed among his people: for I the LORD doe sanctifie him.
Leviticus 21:16 And the LORD spake vnto Moses, saying,
The priests that have blemishes must not minister in the sanctuary.
Leviticus 21:17 Speake vnto Aaron, saying, Whosoeuer [he be] of thy seed in their generations, that hath any blemish, let him not approche to offer the bread of his God: Leviticus 21:18 For whatsoeuer man [hee be] that hath a blemish, he shall not approche: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, Leviticus 21:19 Or a man that is broken footed, or broken handed, Leviticus 21:20 Or crooke backt, or a dwarfe, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scuruy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken: Leviticus 21:21 No man that hath a blemish, of the seed of Aaron the Priest, shall come nigh to offer the offrings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. Leviticus 21:22 He shall eat the bread of his God, [both] of the most Holy, and of the holy: Leviticus 21:23 Onely he shall not goe in vnto the Uaile, nor come nigh vnto the Altar, because he hath a blemish, that he prophane not my Sanctuaries: for I the LORD doe sanctifie them. Leviticus 21:24 And Moses told it vnto Aaron, and to his sonnes, and vnto all the children of Israel.