The holy living for the priesthood
And Jehovah said to Moses, Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them, aNo
one shall 1defile
himself for a dead
person among his people,
Except for his relative who is near to him, for his mother and for his father and for his son and for his daughter and for his brother
And for his virgin sister, who is near to him, who has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.
He shall not defile himself, as
among his people, so as to profane himself.
They shall not make any 1baldness
on their head or 1shave
off the edges of their beard or make any 1cuttings
in their flesh.
They shall be 1holy
to their God, and they shall not profane the name of their God, for they present Jehovah’s offerings by fire, the food of their God; therefore they shall be holy.
They shall not take a 1woman
who is a harlot or profaned, nor shall they take a woman put away from her husband; for the 2priest
is holy to his God.
You shall sanctify him therefore, for he presents the food of your God. He shall be aholy
to you, for I Jehovah, who sanctifies you, am holy.
And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself through prostitution, she profanes her father; she shall be burnt with fire.
And he who is the high priest among his brothers, on whose head the 1aanointing
oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to put on the garments, shall not let the hair of his head go loose nor tear his clothes.
Neither shall he approach any dead person nor 1defile
for his father or for his mother.
Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for the 1consecration
of the anointing oil of his God is upon him; I am Jehovah.
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
widow or a divorced woman or a profaned woman, a harlot, these he shall not take; but rather a virgin of his own people he shall take as wife.
And he shall not profane his seed among his people, for I am Jehovah who sanctifies him.
Disqualifications from the priesthood
Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
Speak to Aaron, saying, No one of your seed throughout their generations who has a 1defect
shall approach to present the food of his God.
For no one who has a 1defect
shall approach: one who is blind or lame or with a disfigured nose or with an extended limb,
Or one who has a broken foot or a broken hand,
Or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scale or crushed testicles.
No one of the seed of Aaron the priest who has a defect shall come near to present Jehovah’s offerings by fire. He has a defect; he shall not come near to present the food of his God.
He may 1eat
the food of his God, both of the amost
holy and of the bholy
But he shall not go in unto the aveil
or come near to the altar, because he has a defect, so that he does not profane My holy places; for I am Jehovah who sanctifies them.
So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel.