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

  • Irene123
    L. Eames - Eccl. 12-13; Deut. 10:12-13; Micah 6:8 ; these are beautiful scriptures, aren't they. Jn. 14:15; 1 Jn. 2:3. They make obeying the Lord Jesus so - easy. That's all one has to do is what they say; and His commandments are all found in the Gospels and the epistles.
  • Patrick
    I think Michael said it best, if we were to live according to Leviticus, we would all have bushy beards, none of us would eat meat, we would not be able to socialise with disabled/little people, we would not be able to wear clothing of mixed fabrics. But many of us do these things, so will those of us who do these things be surely put to death or ex communicated? Also is it right to own slaves?
  • Laureene Eames
    The Bible is our road map, the law was a shadow of things to come. Jesus said he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill the the law Matthew 5;17-20. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law. Thank God for his grace and his mercy for without it we would still have a death sentence over our head. Let the church shout Hallelujah to Jesus. Ecclesiastes 12;13 Fear God and keep his commandments
  • Irene123
    Jesus 'bloodline' - Our salvation does not depend on a pure, sinless bloodline; i.e., Rahab of Jericho was in Jesus bloodline and Ruth, who was of the Moabites, and SOLOMON!! He ended up sacrificing his own children to Molech. Yet He is mentioned in the line of Jesus. Jesus didn't come to save the righteous ....................
  • 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.

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