Chapter 21

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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.

Commentary for Leviticus 21

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Leviticus 21

  • Portia Kirkland on Leviticus 21
    MY COMPLETION ON LEITICVUS: This was the way that God sanctified or separated His people making them holy people, for He is Holy. This would continue to make a distinction between them and the world, at that time, and above all to give Him glory. Everyone knew them because of God's grace and mercy He gave to the Israelites. In their obedience, which they had t6o be, would bring them blessings. They were to remain unspotted from the world, as we should, today. This is why it is written, for our admonition/learning. Of course, these things changed after Jesus came on the scene and gave His life for us. AS Psalm 118,8 says, "It is better to trust God than to put your confidence in man.
  • Portia Kirkland on Leviticus 21
    Ther is so much that can be expounded upon. it would take over the number of characters, so I will try to make it simple. All of what we have read are God's laws, judgments, ordinances, statutes, and commandments for the Israelites in those days. Altogether, these terms, being used interchangeably, were for the people of God to be obedient in keeping them. These things were a type of rituals to be performed as God had instructed them, including the strangers among them. The cleansings were not baths like what we do today to be lean. Nor were any of His ordinances or statues were to be taken literally. They were ceremonial and definitely spiritual, and holy. See my next completion.
  • Peter on Leviticus 21:14
    Should not be taken out of context, of course, Read the whole chapter to see what it refers to. 4

    Buthe shall not defile himself,beinga chief man among his people, to profane himself.
  • Asif on Leviticus 21:9
    how to accept Jesus
  • Adam - in Reply on Leviticus 21:9
    Hello, there's a link at the bottom of this site for how to become a Christian, also here: Link - May God bless you!
  • Stanley Augustus on Leviticus 21:14
    Did the bible said god will forgive you over and over again, so why was adam not have been forgiven that was his first sin god should of cast the snake out of eden instead, things would of been better, thats why the innocences pay for the guilty and why god allowed someone to commit a sin then punish him or her when could stop it from happening
  • Mickey - in Reply on Leviticus 21:14
    Genesis 2:16-17 God put Adam in the garden and told him he could of every tree EXCEPT the tree of the knowlege of good and evil. He was warned that if he did he would die. Spiritually. Later Eve was talked into it by the serpents deceit. He tempted her with food. Also she desired to be wise. She ate it & got Adam to eat it too. Then they tried to cover it up. Deceit. God wasn't being mean to them. They willfully trusted a talking, lying, snake! Their spiritual connection died. It took Jesus's death on the cross of Calvary to reconnect spiritual life. We must be born again. Praise the Lord!
  • *Hidden* on Leviticus 21:14
    5Consider how far you have fallen!Repent and do the things you did at first.If you do not repent,I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

    To those who read thoroughly and understand the scriptures,read the words God himself wanted to explain.

    5Look at where you feel like you're back from the start,but have been pushed and sunk further because of the guilt and burden of you not increasing your faith in him.Look back to where you've first found his true meanings that rose you up his faith,and never make the same mistake that led to your fall again.But if you don't come back to the top again,that God had given you that was the same as ever,then you'll never return.
    (Pt. 4)
  • Bill on Leviticus 21:14
    Is it a sin to marry a divorced woman?
  • Canaan - in Reply on Leviticus 21:14
    depends on if she considered unclean by her judgments for divorcing the first time.


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What happened to priests in the time of Moses that were born with deformities?
  • They were killed.
  • They were banished.
  • Nothing
  • They were not allowed to make offerings.