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Leviticus 21

Of the priests' mourning.

Leviticus 21:1 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: speake vnto the Preastes þe sonnes of Aaron, and saye vnto them. Let none be defyled vpon a soule amonge hys people, Leviticus 21:2 but vpon hys kynsman, that is nye vnto hym: vpon his father, & his mother, vpon sonne and daughter, and his brother, Leviticus 21:3 and on his syster a mayde þt is nye vnto him, whom no man hath knowen: vpon her shall he be defyled. Leviticus 21:4 But he shall not be defyled vpon him that hath auctoryte amonge hys people, to polute him selfe for him. Leviticus 21:5 Let them not make baldnesse vpon their heed, nor shaue of the lockes of their bearde, nor make any markes in their fleshe.

Of their holiness.

Leviticus 21:6 They shalbe holy vnto their God, and not polute the name of their God, for the sacrifyces of the Lorde which are as þe bread of their God they do offer: therfore they shall be holy.

Of their marriages.

Leviticus 21:7 Let them not take a wyfe that is an aduoutresse, or polluted, nor put from her husbande: for suche a one is holy vnto his God.

Of their estimation.

Leviticus 21:8 Thou shalt sanctifye hym therfore, for he offereth vp the bread of thy God: he shall therfore be holy vnto the, for I the Lorde whyche sanctifye you am holy.

Leviticus 21:9 If a Preastes daughter fall to playe the whore, she poluteth her father: therfore must she be burnt with fyre. Leviticus 21:10 He that is the hye Preaste amonge hys brethren, vpon whose heed the anoyntynge oyle was powred, and that consecrated hys hande to put on the vestimentes, shall not vncouer his heade, nor rent his clothes Leviticus 21:11 nether goo to any deed body, nor make hym selfe vncleane on hys father or hys mother, Leviticus 21:12 nether shall go out of the sanctuarye, ner polute the holy place of hys God, for the croune of the anoyntynge oyle of hys God, is vpon him. I am the Lord.

Of their marriages.

Leviticus 21:13 He shall take a mayde vnto hys wyfe: Leviticus 21:14 but a wedowe, a deuorsed woman, or an harlot, shall he not mary: But shall take a mayde of hys awne people to wyfe. Leviticus 21:15 Neyther shall he defyle hys seed amonge hys people: for I am the Lord which sanctifye him.

Leviticus 21:16 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, sayinge:

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

Leviticus 21:17 speke vnto Aaron, and saye: Whosoeuer of thy seed in their generacions hath any deformyte, let hym not preace for to offer bread vnto his God Leviticus 21:18 for whosoeuer hath any blemyshe, shall not come nere: as yf he be blynde or lame, or that hath a brused nose, or that hath any mysshapen membre, Leviticus 21:19 or is broken foted, or broken handed, Leviticus 21:20 or haue no heere on his eye browes, or haue a webbe or other blemishe in his eye, or be mawnge, or skaulde, or hath hys stones broken. Leviticus 21:21 No man that hath a blemyshe, and is of the seed of Aaron the preaste, shall come nye to offer the sacrifyces of the Lorde. Whan he hath a deformyte, let him not preace to offer the bread of hys God. Leviticus 21:22 Let him eate the bread of hys God: euen of the most holy and of the holy: Leviticus 21:23 Onely let him not goo in vnto þe vayle, nor come nye the alter, when he is deformed, that he polute not my sanctuary, for I am the Lorde that sanctifye them. Leviticus 21:24 And Moses tolde it vnto Aaron and to hys sonnes, and vnto all the chyldren of Israel.

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