Leviticus 21:18

“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,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whatsoeuer man hee be that hath a blemish, he shall not approche: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured {face,} or any deformed {limb,}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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 anything superfluous,
- American Standard Version (1901)

For any man whose body is damaged may not come near: one who is blind, or has not the use of his legs, or one who has a broken nose or any unnatural growth,
- Basic English Bible

for whatever man hath a defect, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or one limb longer than the other,
- Darby Bible

For whatever man he may 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,
- Webster's Bible

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,
- World English Bible

for no man in whom [is] blemish doth draw near -- a man blind, or lame or dwarfed, or enlarged,
- Youngs Literal Bible

For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath any thing maimed, or anything too long,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Leviticus 21:18


21:18 A flat nose - Most restrain this word to the nose, and to some great deformity relating to it. But according to others, it signifies more generally, a person that wants some member or members, because the next word, to which it is opposed, signifies one that hath more members than he should.


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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