D C1 21:1-22:16. Persons. C2 22:17-33. Offerings.
C1 D 21:1-15. Defilements (mourning). E 21:16-24. Blemishes. D 22:1-16. Defilements (uncleanness).
D F G a 1-5. Relations. b 6. Reason. J c 7-. Wife. d -7,8. Reason. H 9. Daughter. F G a 10-12-. Parents. b -12. Reason. J c 13-15-. Wife. d -15. Reason.
1 And the LORD (Yahaveh) said to Moses, "Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron, and say to them, 'There shall none be defiled for a dead soul among his people:
2 But for his flesh, that is near to 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 near to him, which has had no husband; for her may he be defiled.
4 But he shall not defile himself (for his wife), being a priest (or leader. Heb. ba'al. Figure of speech) man among his people, to profane himself.
5 They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off their whiskers (forbidden to the Israelites; but in Egypt a disgrace not to shave. See Gen. 41:14. 2 Sam. 10:4,5), nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
6 They shall be holy (= set apart, or separate. See Ex. 3:5. Here, a singular noun = a separate set) to their God (Elohim), and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread (= food of all kind. See 3:11) of their God, they do bring near: 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 to his God.
8 You shall sanctify him therefore;
for he offers the bread of your God: he shall be holy to you: for I the LORD, which sanctify you (a Yahaveh title. See 20:8), am holy.
9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profanes her father: she shall be burnt up with fire.
10 And he that is the high priest (see 4:3) among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated (see Ex. 28:41. Lev. 9:17) to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes (see 10:6; 13:45);
11 Neither shall he go in to any dead soul (Heb. "dead nephesh". The opposite of "living soul" in Gen. 2:7. See 19:28), 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 consecration (i.e. = Nazariteship) 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.' "