English Standard Version
or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean).
King James Bible
And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.
American Standard Version
and for his sister a virgin, that is near unto him, that hath had no husband; for her may he defile himself.
And for a maiden sister, who hath had no husband:
English Revised Version
and for his sister a virgin, that is near unto him, which hath had no husband, for her may he defile himself.
Webster's Bible Translation
And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh to him, who hath had no husband: for her he may be defiled.
Leviticus 21:3 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The list of punishments concludes, like the prohibitions in Leviticus 18:24., with exhortations to observe the commandments and judgments of the Lord, and to avoid such abominations (on Leviticus 18:22 cf. Leviticus 18:3-5, Leviticus 18:26, Leviticus 18:28, Leviticus 18:30; and on Leviticus 18:23 cf. Leviticus 18:3 and Leviticus 18:24). The reason assigned for the exhortations is, that Jehovah was about to give them for a possession the fruitful land, whose inhabitants He had driven out because of their abominations, and that Jehovah was their God, who had separated Israel from the nations. For this reason (Leviticus 18:25) they were also to sever (make distinctions) between clean and unclean cattle and birds, and not make their souls (i.e., their persons) abominable through unclean animals, with which the earth swarmed, and which God had "separated to make unclean," i.e., had prohibited them from eating or touching when dead, because they defiled (see ch. 11). For (Leviticus 18:26) they were to be holy, because Jehovah their God was holy, who had severed them from the nations, to belong to Him, i.e., to be the nation of His possession (see Exodus 19:4-6).
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except for his closest relatives, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother,
He shall not make himself unclean as a husband among his people and so profane himself.
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