Rules for Priests
21:1 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:
21:2 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.
21:3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him,
which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.
21:4 But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man
among his people, to profane himself.
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.
21:6 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.
21:7 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.
21:8 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.
21:9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself
by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be
burnt with fire.
21:10 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;
21:11 Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile
himself for his father, or for his mother;
21:12 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.
21:13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
21:14 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.
21:15 Neither shall he profane his seed among his people:
for I the LORD do sanctify him.
21:16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
21:17 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.
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,
21:19 Or a man that is broken-footed, or broken-handed,
21:20 Or crookbacked, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in
his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones
21:21 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.
21:22 He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most
holy, and of the holy.
21:23 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.
21:24 And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and
unto all the children of Israel.