Leviticus 21:5

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They shall not make baldnesse vpon their head, neither shall they shaue off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

They are not to have their hair cut off for the dead, or the hair on their chins cut short, or make cuts in their flesh.
- Basic English Bible

They shall not make any baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corners of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

'They shall not shave their heads, neither shall they shave off the corners of their beards, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
- World English Bible

they do not make baldness on their head, and the corner of their beard they do not shave, and in their flesh they do not make a cutting;
- Youngs Literal Bible

They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corners of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Leviticus 21:5


21:5 They shall not make baldness - In funerals, as the Heathens did. Though I allow them to defile themselves for some of the dead, yet in no case shall they use these superstitious rites, which also the people were forbidden to do; but the priests in a more peculiar manner, because they are by word and example to teach the people their duty.


Discussion for Leviticus 21:5

  • Glen as long as the tattoos arent of a religion ideology or anything idoling something..
  • Glen Thomlison for verse 5
    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

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