Of the priests' mourning.
Leviticus 21:1 And the Lord said vnto Moses speake vnto the preastes þe sonnes of Aaron and saye vnto them. A preast shal defile hym selfe at the deth of none of hys people, Leviticus 21:2 but vpon his kynne that is nye vnto him: as his mother, father, sonne, daughter, & brother: Leviticus 21:3 & on hys syster as longe as she is a mayde & dwelleth nye him & was neuer geuen to man: on her he may defyle him selfe. Leviticus 21:4 But he shall not make hym selfe vncleane vpon a ruelar of hys people to polute hym selfe wyth all. Leviticus 21:5 They shal make them no baldnesse vpon their heedes or shaue of the lockes of theyr beardes, nor make any markes in their flesh
Of their holiness.
Leviticus 21:6 They shal be holy vnto their God, and not polute the name of their God, for the sacrifices of the Lord and the bread of their God they do offer: therfore they must be holy.
Of their marriages.
Leviticus 21:7 They shall take no wyfe þt is an whoore or poluted, or put from her husbande: for a preast is holy vnto his God.
Of their estimation.
Leviticus 21:8 Sanctifye hym therfore, for he offereth vp the bread of god: he shall therfore, be holy vnto the, for I the Lord which sanctifye you, am holy.
Leviticus 21:9 If a preastes daughter fall to playe the whore, she poluteth her father: therfore she shal be burnt wyth fyre. Leviticus 21:10 He þt is the hye preast among his brethren vpon whose head the anoyntynge oyle was poured & whose hande was fylled to put on the vestimentes, shall not vncouer his head nor rent hys clothes, Leviticus 21:11 nether shall goo to any dead body nor make hym selfe vncleane: no not on hys father or mother, Leviticus 21:12 nether shall go out of the sanctuarye, that he polute not the holy place of his God, for the croune of the anoyntyng oyle of God, is vpon him. I am the Lorde.
Of their marriages.
Leviticus 21:13 He shall take a mayde vnto hys wyfe: Leviticus 21:14 but no widowe nor deuorsed nor poluted whoore. But he shall take a mayde of his owne people to wyfe, Leviticus 21:15 that he defyle not his seed vpon his people: for I am the Lord which sanctifye hym.
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 and saye: No man of thy seed in their generacions that hath any deformitie vpon hym, shall preace for to offer the bread of his god: Leviticus 21:18 for none that hath any blemysh shall come nere: wether he be blynde, lame, snot nosed, or that hath any mysshapen membre, Leviticus 21:19 or broken foted, or broken handed, Leviticus 21:20 or croke backed, or perleyed, or gogeleyed, or maunge, or skaulde, or hath hys stones broken. Leviticus 21:21 No man þt is deformed of the seed of Aaron the preast, shall come nye to offer the sacrifices of the Lorde. If he haue a deformytie, he shal not preace to offer the bred of his God. Leviticus 21:22 Notwythstandynge he shal eate of the bred of his God: euen as wel of the most holy, as of the holy: Leviticus 21:23 but shal not go in vnto the vayle nor come nye the alter, because he is deformed that he polute not my sanctuary, for I am the Lord that sanctyfye them. Leviticus 21:24 And Moses tolde it vnto Aaron and to hys sonnes, & vnto al the chyldren of Israel.