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Leviticus 21

Of the priests' mourning.

Leviticus 21:1 The Lord said also to Moses: Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron, and thou shalt say for them: Let not a priest incur an uncleanness at the death of his citizens. Leviticus 21:2 But only for his kin, such as are near in blood: that is to say, for his father and for his mother, and for his son, and for his daughter, for his brother also: Leviticus 21:3 And for a maiden sister, who hath had no husband. Leviticus 21:4 But not even for the prince of his people shall he do any thing that may make him unclean. Leviticus 21:5 Neither shall they shave their head, nor their beard, nor make incisions in their flesh.

Of their holiness.

Leviticus 21:6 They shall be holy to their God, and shall not profane his name. For they offer the burnt offering of the Lord, and the bread of their God: and therefore they shall be holy.

Of their marriages.

Leviticus 21:7 They shall not take to wife a harlot or a vile prostitute, nor one that has been put away from her husband: because they are consecrated to their God,

Of their estimation.

Leviticus 21:8 And offer the loaves of proposition. Let them therefore be holy because I also am holy: the Lord, who sanctify them.

Leviticus 21:9 If the daughter of a priest be taken in whoredom and dishonour the name of her father, she shall be burnt with fire. Leviticus 21:10 The high priest, that is to say, the priest who is the greatest among his brethren, upon whose head the oil of unction hath been poured; and whose hands have been consecrated for the priesthood; and who hath been vested with the holy vestments. He shall not uncover his head: he shall not rend his garments. Leviticus 21:11 Nor shall he go in at all to any dead person: not even for his father, or his mother, shall he be defiled. Leviticus 21:12 Neither shall he go out of the holy places, lest he defile the sanctuary of the Lord: because the oil of the holy unction of his God is upon him. I am the Lord.

Of their marriages.

Leviticus 21:13 He shall take a virgin unto his wife. Leviticus 21:14 But a widow or one that is divorced, or defied, or a harlot, he shall not take: but a maid of his own people. Leviticus 21:15 He shall not mingle the stock of his kindred with the common people of this nation: for I am the Lord who sanctify him.

Leviticus 21:16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

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

Leviticus 21:17 Say to Aaron: Whosoever of thy seed throughout their families, hath a blemish, he shall not offer bread to his God. Leviticus 21:18 Neither shall he approach to minister to him: If he be blind; if he be lame; if he have a little, or a great, or a crooked nose; Leviticus 21:19 If his foot, or if his hand be broken; Leviticus 21:20 If he be crookbacked; or blear-eyed; or have a pearl in his eye, or a continual scab, or a dry scurf in his body, or a rupture. Leviticus 21:21 Whosoever of the seed of Aaron the priest hath a blemish: he shall not approach to offer sacrifices to the Lord, nor bread to his God. Leviticus 21:22 He shall eat nevertheless of the loaves that are offered in the sanctuary. Leviticus 21:23 Yet so that he enter not within the veil, nor approach to the altar: because he hath a blemish, and he must not defile my sanctuary. I am the Lord who sanctify them. Leviticus 21:24 Moses, therefore spoke to Aaron, and to his sons and to all Israel, all the things that had been commanded him.

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