New International Version
Or haven't you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?
King James Bible
Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
Darby Bible Translation
Or have ye not read in the law that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
World English Bible
Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless?
Young's Literal Translation
'Or did ye not read in the Law, that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple do profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The priests - profane the Sabbath - Profane, i.e. put it to what might be called a common use, by slaying and offering up sacrifices, and by doing the services of the temple, as on common days, Exodus 29:38; Numbers 28:9.
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