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1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people:

2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,

3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.

4 But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

5 They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.

6 They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.

7 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.

8 Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.

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.

10 And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend 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 the LORD.

13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.

15 Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.

16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

17 Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

18 For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,

19 Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,

20 Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;

21 No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh 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 Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

24 And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.


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Matthew Henry's Leviticus Chapter 21 Bible commentary...

Laws concerning the priests.

- As these priests were types of Christ, so all ministers must be followers of him, that their example may teach others to imitate the Saviour. Without blemish, and separate from sinners, He executed his priestly office on earth. What manner of persons then should his ministers be! But all are, if Christians, spiritual priests; the minister especially is called to set a good example, that the people may follow it. Our bodily infirmities, blessed be God, cannot now shut us out from his service, from these privileges, or from his heavenly glory. Many a healthful, beautiful soul is lodged in a feeble, deformed body. And those who may not be suited for the work of the ministry, may serve God with comfort in other duties in his church.


Recent Comments for Leviticus Chapter 21...


Sean's Leviticus Chapter 21 comment on 9/02/2014, 11:25pm...

So this chapter is only speaking to the sons of Arron. Levites


Christian's Leviticus Chapter 21 comment about verse 15 on 4/09/2014, 10:51am...

I think that a christian should not marry a pagan so that their will be holy


Concern Sister's Leviticus Chapter 21 comment on 8/05/2013, 9:22am...

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Why would you want to defile it by any means? I really believe that if God wanted you to have Tattoo He would have given you a birth mark ok?
Nevertheless, there are those individuals who have not come into the knowledge of that truth according to scripture and have already made that mistake, but God is merciful, and will forgive our ignorance. Now once you come into the knowledge of the truth, He expects us to adhere to His word. Amen? If you already have a tattoo or cuts, or piercing on your body before giving your life to Christ; He will forgive this sin, so don't allow the enemy to stop you from coming to God just as you are. In the end you get a new body, Praise God for that. Now that you know the truth walk in it whole heart, mind and body!


Glen Thomlison's Leviticus Chapter 21 comment about verse 5 on 8/02/2013, 5:10pm...

For the Jew, if they follow the faith, they must realize God had reasons,those reasons he explains. I must concur with his wisdom.
As for me as a Christian, I live under his dispensation of faith, now law. I shave, nevertheless, not considering that heathenish, I do consider cutting the flesh and making indelible markings thereupon, a heathen practice and I do not subscribe to it. Is is sin? For me it is, and I am surprised that so many claiming to live as a follower of Christ do the tattoo.
As for me . . . Glen


Patience nduku's Leviticus Chapter 21 comment on 4/05/2013, 12:34pm...

Purity and righteousness should be maintained by those called to be priests who are all born again christians.


Sequoya's Leviticus Chapter 21 comment on 2/07/2013, 6:17pm...

I really enjoyed this chapter. There are a lot of things man wants to get away with these days and say itís ok. But we need to get back into the word and live by it!


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Test Your Knowledge of Leviticus Chapter 21

1.  What happened to priests in the time of Moses that were born with deformities?

They were killed.
They were banished.
They were not allowed to make offerings.


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