Leviticus 21:9

“And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the daughter of any Priest, if she profane her selfe, by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: shee shall be burnt with fire.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the harlot, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if the daughter of a priest makes herself common and by her loose behaviour puts shame on her father, let her be burned with fire.
- Basic English Bible

And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burned with fire.
- Darby Bible

And the daughter of any priest, if she shall profane herself by lewdness, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.
- Webster's Bible

'The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the prostitute, she profanes her father: she shall be burned with fire.
- World English Bible

`And a daughter of any priest when she polluteth herself by going a-whoring -- her father she is polluting; with fire she is burnt.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the harlot, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Leviticus 21:9


21:9 And the daughter - And by analogy his son also, and his wife, because the reason of the law here added, concerns all. And nothing is more common than to name one kind for the rest of the same nature, as also is done #Lev 18:6|. She profaneth her father - Exposeth his person and office, and consequently religion, to contempt.


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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