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But if the dead person was one of his close relatives, he can touch the dead body. The priest can make himself unclean if the dead person is his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother or his unmarried[a] sister. (This sister is close to him because she has no husband. So the priest may make himself unclean for her if she dies.) But a priest must not make himself unclean if the dead person was only one of his slaves.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 21:3 unmarried Literally, “virgin,” a girl who was never married and never had sexual relations.
  2. Leviticus 21:4 Or “A master must not become unclean for his people.”

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