Leviticus 21:4
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English Standard Version
He shall not make himself unclean as a husband among his people and so profane himself.

King James Bible
But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

American Standard Version
He shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But not even for the prince of his people shall he do any thing that may make him unclean.

English Revised Version
He shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

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Keil 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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or, the verse may be read, being an husband among his people, he shall not defile himself for his wife, etc.

Ezekiel 24:16,17 Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with a stroke: yet neither shall you mourn nor weep...

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Leviticus 21:3
or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean).

Leviticus 21:5
They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body.

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