Leviticus 21:3
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New International Version
or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has 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.

Darby Bible Translation
and for his sister, a virgin, that is near unto him, who hath had no husband, for her may he make himself unclean.

World English Bible
and for his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.

Young's Literal Translation
and for his sister, the virgin, who is near unto him, who hath not been to a man; for her he is defiled.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There shall none be defiled for the dead - No priest shall assist in laying out a dead body, or preparing it for interment. Any contact with the dead was supposed to be of a defiling nature, probably because putrefaction had then taken place; and animal putrefaction was ever held in detestation by all men.

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Leviticus 21:2 except for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother,

Leviticus 21:4 'He shall not defile himself as a relative by marriage among his people, and so profane himself.

What Manner of Man Ought not to Come to Rule.
Wherefore let every one measure himself wisely, lest he venture to assume a place of rule, while in himself vice still reigns unto condemnation; lest one whom his own guilt depraves desire to become an intercessor for the faults of others. For on this account it is said to Moses by the supernal voice, Speak unto Aaron; Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, he shall not offer loaves of bread to the Lord his God (Lev. xxi. 17). And it is also immediately subjoined;
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

The Section Chap. I. -iii.
The question which here above all engages our attention, and requires to be answered, is this: Whether that which is reported in these chapters did, or did not, actually and outwardly take place. The history of the inquiries connected with this question is found most fully in Marckius's "Diatribe de uxore fornicationum," Leyden, 1696, reprinted in the Commentary on the Minor Prophets by the same author. The various views may be divided into three classes. 1. It is maintained by very many interpreters,
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

Cross References
Leviticus 21:2
except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,

Leviticus 21:4
He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.

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