1 Yahweh said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say
to them, ‘A priest shall not defile himself for the dead among his people;
2 except for his relatives that are near to him: for his mother, for
his father, for his son, for his daughter, for his brother,
3 and for his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no
husband; for her he may defile himself. 4 He shall not defile himself,
being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.
shall not shave their heads, neither shall they shave off the
corners of their beards, 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 offer the
offerings of Yahweh made by fire, the bread of their God;
therefore they shall be holy.
7 “‘They shall not marry a woman who is a
prostitute, or profane; neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her
husband: for he 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 Yahweh,
who sanctify you, am holy.
9 “‘The daughter of any priest, if she profanes
herself by playing the prostitute, she profanes her father: she shall be
burned with fire.
10 “‘He who is the high priest among his brothers, upon whose
head the anointing oil is poured, and that is consecrated to put on the
garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, 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 Yahweh.
13 “‘He shall take a wife in her virginity.
14 A widow, or one divorced, or a woman who has been defiled, or a
prostitute, these he shall not marry: but a virgin of his own people shall he
take as a wife. 15 He
shall not profane his seed among his people: for I am Yahweh who sanctifies
16 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 17 “Say to Aaron,
‘None of your seed throughout their generations who has a blemish, may approach
to offer the bread of his God. 18 For whatever man he
is that has a blemish, he shall not draw near: a blind man, or a lame, or he
who has a flat nose, or any deformity, 19 or a man who has an
injured foot, or an injured hand, 20 or hunchbacked, or a dwarf, or one who
has a defect in his eye, or an itching disease, or scabs, or who has damaged testicles;
21 no man of the seed of Aaron the priest, who has a blemish, shall come
near to offer the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. Since has a blemish, he
shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. 22 He shall eat the
bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy. 23 He shall
not come near to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish;
that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am Yahweh who sanctifies them.’”
24 So Moses spoke to Aaron, and to his sons, and to all the children of
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