Leviticus 21:23
New International Version
yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.’”

New Living Translation
Yet because of his physical defect, he may not enter the room behind the inner curtain or approach the altar, for this would defile my holy places. I am the LORD who makes them holy.”

English Standard Version
but he shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.”

Berean Study Bible
but because he has a defect, he must not go near the veil or approach the altar, so as not to desecrate My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’ ”

King James Bible
Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

New King James Version
only he shall not go near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a defect, lest he profane My sanctuaries; for I the LORD sanctify them.’ ”

New American Standard Bible
only he shall not come up to the veil or approach the altar, since he has an impairment, so that he does not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”

NASB 1995
only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”

NASB 1977
only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, that he may not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”

Amplified Bible
but he shall not go within the veil or approach the altar [of incense], because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries; for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”

Christian Standard Bible
But because he has a defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar. He is not to desecrate my holy places, for I am the LORD who sets them apart.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But because he has a defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar. He is not to desecrate My sanctuaries, for I am Yahweh who sets them apart.”

American Standard Version
only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I am Jehovah who sanctifieth them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
However he shall not enter within the face of the door and he shall not come to the altar, because a defect is in him, and he shall not pollute my holy place, because I AM LORD JEHOVAH who hallow them.’”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Only he shall not approach the veil, and he shall not draw nigh to the altar, because he has a blemish; and he shall not profane the sanctuary of his God, for I am the Lord that sanctifies them.

Contemporary English Version
but they may not enter the sacred place or serve me at the altar. Remember--I am the LORD, the one who makes a priest holy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet so that he enter not within the veil, nor approach to the altar, because he hath a blemish, and he must not defile my sanctuary. I am the Lord who sanctify them.

English Revised Version
Only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I am the LORD which sanctify them.

Good News Translation
but because he has a physical defect, he shall not come near the sacred curtain or approach the altar. He must not profane these holy things, because I am the LORD and I make them holy."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, he must never come up to the canopy or to the altar, since he has a physical defect. He must never dishonor the holy places because I, the LORD, set them apart as holy."

International Standard Version
but he is not to enter through the curtain nor approach the altar, since he has a defect. That way, he won't defile my sanctuary, since I am the LORD, who sets you apart."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not My holy places; for I am the LORD who sanctify them.

Literal Standard Version
only, he does not come toward the veil, and he does not draw near to the altar; for blemish [is] in him; and he does not defile My sanctuaries; for I [am] YHWH, sanctifying them.”

NET Bible
but he must not go into the veil-canopy or step forward to the altar because he has a physical flaw. Thus he must not profane my holy places, for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'"

New Heart English Bible
He shall not come near to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'"

World English Bible
He shall not come near to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am Yahweh who sanctifies them.'"

Young's Literal Translation
only, unto the vail he doth not enter, and unto the altar he doth not draw nigh; for blemish is in him; and he doth not pollute My sanctuaries; for I am Jehovah, sanctifying them.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Restrictions Against Those with Blemishes
22He may eat the most holy food of his God as well as the holy food, 23but because he has a defect, he must not go near the veil or approach the altar, so as not to desecrate My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’” 24Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.…

Cross References
Matthew 23:17
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes it sacred?

Leviticus 21:22
He may eat the most holy food of his God as well as the holy food,

Leviticus 21:24
Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.


Treasury of Scripture

Only he shall not go in to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

go in

Exodus 30:6-8
And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee…

Exodus 40:26,27
And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation before the vail: …

Ezekiel 44:9-14
Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel…

profane

Leviticus 21:12
Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 15:31
Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.

for I the Lord

Leviticus 21:8
Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.









(23) Only he shall not go in unto the vail.--That is, into the holy place which was before the vail.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
but
אַ֣ךְ (’aḵ)
Adverb
Strong's 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

he has a defect,
מ֣וּם (mūm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3971: To stain, a blemish

he must not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

go
יָבֹ֗א (yā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

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

the curtain
הַפָּרֹ֜כֶת (hap·pā·rō·ḵeṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6532: A separatrix, screen

or approach
יִגַּ֖שׁ (yig·gaš)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5066: To draw near, approach

the altar,
הַמִּזְבֵּ֛חַ (ham·miz·bê·aḥ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4196: An altar

so as not to desecrate
יְחַלֵּל֙ (yə·ḥal·lêl)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

My sanctuaries.
מִקְדָּשַׁ֔י (miq·dā·šay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 4720: A consecrated thing, place, a palace, sanctuary, asylum

For
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I
אֲנִ֥י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

am the LORD
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

who sanctifies them.’”
מְקַדְּשָֽׁם׃ (mə·qad·də·šām)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6942: To be set apart or consecrated


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