Leviticus 21:11

“Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither shall he goe in to any dead body, nor defile himselfe for his father, or for his mother:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself {even} for his father or his mother;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
- American Standard Version (1901)

He may not go near any dead body or make himself unclean for his father or his mother;
- Basic English Bible

Neither shall he come near any person dead, nor make himself unclean for his father and for his mother;
- Darby Bible

Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
- Webster's Bible

neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
- World English Bible

nor beside any dead person doth he come; for his father and for his mother he doth not defile himself;
- Youngs Literal Bible

neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Leviticus 21:11


21:11 Go in - Into the chamber or house where they lie. This and divers other rites here prescribed were from hence translated by the Heathens into their use, whose priests were put under the same obligations.


Discussion for Leviticus 21

  • Michael C.
    There's a lot of misunderstanding about the Law and the [so-called] Old Testament, with many Churches. Jesus Himself taught us, that until heaven and earth should pass away, not one yode or tittle could pass away from the Law, till all be fulfilled; and that He came not to abolish the Law, but to completely make full! When we have His grace, it will show His holy character in our life, for Law.
  • Steve
    Some of you guys (Michael and others) need to read the New Testament specifically the book of Hebrews, to fully understand why all these ordinances were the Old Testament were given. It explains that much of this was symbolic and was foreshadowing walking with The Holy Spirit and walking with Christ's nature living within you.
  • Rosanna
    Thank God for Jesus Christ because if it wasn't for His grace we'd all be dead and the last man standing would have to stone his self.
  • Robin Brazil
    Once we become christians then we have the knowledge, and we should obey God's word Amen.
  • Michael
    I reckon these words were given to those who are called to be priest and who accept by faith. However, majority of men shave their beards today, hang around the disabled and even priests do this. And pastors. So if you wanna follow the bible , do all of it dont pick and choose. Nevertheless I think this was for certain people. One body yes but called for different things. But in all i believe that if you recognize your calling as a priest or pastor. Or leader something like that. This your potion of what the bible say if you still living under the law. Im under grace not to abuse it. But grace is all we all need. He may have a tattoo on his body and you have a drinking problem or worse that causes you to go astray. But God is gracious and he loves us first. While we were ungodly and sinners and transgressors Christ died for us. So why talk about it but rather lets pray for eachother that Gods grace continue to abound. We cant do it all right. Remember Christ no one is perfect not one. Even God knows this. Priest or not .
  • I think it means that he should only marry someone of his own bloodline. Levites only married Levites. Mary's mother's family were Levites because her aunt Elizabeth and her husband were Levites which made Jesus' human bloodlines of the king and the priest lines. Maybe he made this law to ensure the purity of the bloodlines through which Jesus would come??

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