Leviticus 21:17
New International Version
"Say to Aaron: 'For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.

New Living Translation
“Give the following instructions to Aaron: In all future generations, none of your descendants who has any defect will qualify to offer food to his God.

English Standard Version
“Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.

Berean Study Bible
“Say to Aaron, ’For the generations to come, none of your descendants who has a physical defect may approach to offer the food of his God.

New American Standard Bible
"Speak to Aaron, saying, 'No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God.

New King James Version
“Speak to Aaron, saying: ‘No man of your descendants in succeeding generations, who has any defect, may approach to offer the bread of his God.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
"Tell Aaron: None of your descendants throughout your generations who has a physical defect is to come near to present the food of his God.

Good News Translation
to tell Aaron, "None of your descendants who has any physical defects may present the food offering to me. This applies for all time to come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Tell Aaron: None of your descendants throughout your generations who has a physical defect is to come near to present the food of his God.

International Standard Version
"Tell Aaron that whoever of your descendants throughout their generations has a bodily defect is not to approach to offer the food of his God.

NET Bible
"Tell Aaron, 'No man from your descendants throughout their generations who has a physical flaw is to approach to present the food of his God.

New Heart English Bible
"Say to Aaron, 'None of your descendants throughout their generations who has a blemish, may approach to offer the bread of his God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Tell Aaron: If any of your descendants (now or in future generations) has a physical defect, he must never bring food to offer to God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Speak unto Aaron, saying: Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

New American Standard 1977
“Speak to Aaron, saying, ‘No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the bread of his God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Speak unto Aaron, saying, The man of thy seed in their generations that has any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

King James 2000 Bible
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of your descendants in their generations that has any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

American King James Version
Speak to Aaron, saying, Whoever he be of your seed in their generations that has any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

American Standard Version
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Say to Aaron, A man of thy tribe throughout your generations, who shall have a blemish on him, shall not draw nigh to offer the gifts of his God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say to Aaron: Whosoever of thy seed throughout their families, hath a blemish, he shall not offer bread to his God.

Darby Bible Translation
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Any of thy seed throughout their generations that hath any defect, shall not approach to present the bread of his God;

English Revised Version
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Speak to Aaron, saying, whoever he may be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God:

World English Bible
"Say to Aaron, 'None of your seed throughout their generations who has a blemish, may approach to offer the bread of his God.

Young's Literal Translation
'Speak unto Aaron, saying, No man of thy seed to their generations in whom there is blemish doth draw near to bring near the bread of his God,
Study Bible
Restrictions Against Those with Blemishes
16Then the LORD said to Moses, 17“Say to Aaron, ‘For the generations to come, none of your descendants who has a physical defect may approach to offer the food of his God. 18No man who has any defect may approach—no man who is blind, lame, disfigured, or deformed;…
Cross References
Leviticus 21:6
They must be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they present the offerings made by fire to the LORD, the food of their God. So they must be holy.

Leviticus 21:16
Then the LORD said to Moses,

Treasury of Scripture

Speak to Aaron, saying, Whoever he be of your seed in their generations that has any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

blemish

Leviticus 22:20-25
But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you…

1 Thessalonians 2:10
Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

1 Timothy 3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

let him

Leviticus 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.

Leviticus 10:3
Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

Numbers 16:5
And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

bread.

Leviticus 3:11,16
And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD…







Lexicon
“Say
דַּבֵּ֥ר (dab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to
אֶֽל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Aaron,
אַהֲרֹ֖ן (’a·hă·rōn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 175: Aaron -- an elder brother of Moses

‘For the generations to come,
לְדֹרֹתָ֗ם (lə·ḏō·rō·ṯām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1755: A revolution of time, an age, generation, a dwelling

none
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

of your descendants
מִֽזַּרְעֲךָ֞ (miz·zar·‘ă·ḵā)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

who
אֲשֶׁ֨ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

has
יִהְיֶ֥ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a physical defect
מ֔וּם (mūm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3971: To stain, a blemish

may approach
יִקְרַ֔ב (yiq·raḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7126: To come near, approach

to offer
לְהַקְרִ֖יב (lə·haq·rîḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7126: To come near, approach

the food
לֶ֥חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

of his God.
אֱלֹהָֽיו׃ (’ĕ·lō·hāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(17) Whosoever he be of thy seed.--Better, any man of thy seed throughout their generations; that is, any of the descendants, to all future times, who have not been disqualified for service in the sanctuary by their parents contracting illegal alliances, are yet to be subject to the following regulations.

To offer the bread of his God.--That is, shall not officiate at the sacrifices. (See Leviticus 21:6 -Leviticus 3:2.)

21:1-24 Laws concerning the priests. - As these priests were types of Christ, so all ministers must be followers of him, that their example may teach others to imitate the Saviour. Without blemish, and separate from sinners, He executed his priestly office on earth. What manner of persons then should his ministers be! But all are, if Christians, spiritual priests; the minister especially is called to set a good example, that the people may follow it. Our bodily infirmities, blessed be God, cannot now shut us out from his service, from these privileges, or from his heavenly glory. Many a healthful, beautiful soul is lodged in a feeble, deformed body. And those who may not be suited for the work of the ministry, may serve God with comfort in other duties in his church.
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