Leviticus 21
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Holiness Required of Priests

1And the Lorde sayde vnto Moyses, Speake vnto the priestes the sonnes of Aaron, & say vnto them: Let none be defiled by a corse among his people: 2But by his kynsman that is nye vnto him, that is by his mother and his father, by his sonne, and his daughter, and his brother, 3And by his sister a mayde that is nye vnto hym, whom no man hath knowe: for her shall he be defiled. 4But he shall not be defiled vpon hym that hath aucthoritie among his people, to pollute him selfe. 5Let them not make baldnesse vpon their head, nor shaue of ye lockes of their bearde, nor make any cuttinges in their fleshe. 6They shalbe holy vnto their God, and not pollute the name of their God, for the sacrifices of the Lorde made by fire, and the bread of their God they do offer, therfore they shall be holy. 7Let them not take a wyfe that is an whore, or polluted, nor put from her husband: for such a one is holy vnto his god. 8Thou shalt sanctifie hym therfore, for he offereth vp the bread of thy God: he shall therefore be holy vnto thee, for I the Lorde which sanctifie you, am holy. 9If a priestes daughter fall to play the whore, she polluteth her father, therefore must she be burnt with fire.

10He that is the hie priest among his brethren, vpon whose head the annoynting oyle was powred, and that consecrated his hand to put on ye vestments, shal not vncouer his head, nor rent his clothes: 11Neither go to any dead body, nor make hymselfe vncleane by his father or his mother. 12Neither shall go out of the sanctuarie, nor pollute the holy place of his God, for the crowne of the annoynting oyle of his God, is vpon him: I am the Lord. 13He shall take a mayde vnto his wife. 14But a wydowe, a deuorsed woman, or a polluted, or a harlot, these shall he not marrie: but shall take a mayde of his owne people to wyfe. 15Neither shal he defile his seede among his people: for I am the Lorde whiche sanctifie hym.

Restrictions against Those with Blemishes

16And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: 17Speake vnto Aaron, and say: Whosoeuer of thy seede in their generations hath any deformitie, let hym not prease for to offer bread vnto his God:

18For whosoeuer hath any blemishe, shall not come neare: as if he be blynde or lame, or that hath a brused nose, or that hath any misshapen member: 19Or is broken footed, or broken handed, 20Or is crooke backt, or bleare eyed, or haue a webbe or other blemishe in his eyes, or be skuruie, or skabbed, or hath his stones broken: 21No man that hath a blemishe, & is of the seede of Aaron the priest, shall come nye to offer the sacrifices of the Lorde made by fire: When he hath a deformitie, let him not prease to offer the bread of his God. 22Let him eate the bread of his God, euen of the most holy, and of the holy: 23Only let him not go in vnto ye vayle, nor come nye the aulter, because he is deformed, that he pollute not my sanctuarie: for I am the Lorde that sanctifie them. 24And Moyses tolde it vnto Aaron and to his sonnes, and vnto all the chyldren of Israel.

Bishops' Bible of 1568

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

Leviticus 20
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