1 And Jehovah said to Moses, Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them:
No one shall be defiled for the dead among his people,
2 except for his relatives who are nearest to him: his mother, his father, his son, his
daughter, and his brother;
3 also his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no husband, for her he may be
4 Otherwise, being a ruler among his people, he shall not be defiled to profane himself.
5 They shall not make any bald place on their heads, nor shall they shave the corners of
their beards nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
6 They shall be set apart to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they
offer the offerings of Jehovah by fire, and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be
7 They shall not take a wife who commits harlotry or a defiled woman, nor shall they take
a woman put away from her husband; for he is holy unto his God.
8 Therefore you shall consecrate him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be
holy to you, for I Jehovah, who sanctify you, am holy.
9 The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by committing harlotry, she profanes
her father. She shall be burned with fire.
10 He who is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was
poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear
11 nor shall he go near any dead person, nor defile himself for his father or his mother;
12 nor shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the
consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am Jehovah.
13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
14 A widow or a divorced woman or a defiled woman or a harlot; these he shall not
marry; but he shall take a virgin of his own people as wife.
15 Nor shall he profane his seed among his people, for I Jehovah sanctify him.
16 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
17 Speak to Aaron, saying: No man of your seed throughout their generations, who has
any blemish, shall approach to offer the bread of his God.
18 For any man who has a blemish shall not approach: a man blind or lame, mutilated or
19 a man who has a broken foot or broken hand,
20 or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or itch or scab, or
with crushed testicles.
21 No man of the seed of Aaron the priest, who has a blemish, shall come near to offer
the offerings by fire unto Jehovah. He has a blemish; he shall not come near to offer the
bread of his God.
22 He may eat the bread of his God, both the set apart, holy, and the holy;
23 only, he shall not enter the veil nor approach the altar, because he has a blemish; that
he not profane My sanctuaries; for I am Jehovah who sanctifies them.
24 Thus Moses spoke to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel.