The Holiness of the Priests

21 The Lord said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron’s sons, the priests, and tell them: A priest is not to make himself ceremonially unclean for a dead person among his relatives,(A) except for his immediate family: his mother, father, son, daughter, or brother. He may make himself unclean for his young unmarried sister in his immediate family.

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“Command the Israelites to send away anyone from the camp who is afflicted with a skin disease, anyone who has a bodily discharge, or anyone who is defiled because of a corpse.(A)

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He must not go near a dead body during the time he consecrates himself to the Lord.(A) He is not to defile himself for his father or mother, or his brother or sister, when they die, because the hair consecrated to his God is on his head. He is holy to the Lord(B) during the time of consecration.

“If someone suddenly dies near him, defiling his consecrated head of hair, he must shave his head on the day of his purification; he is to shave it on the seventh day.(C) 10 On the eighth day he is to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting.(D) 11 The priest is to offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering(E) to make atonement on behalf of the Nazirite, since he sinned because of the corpse. On that day he must consecrate[a] his head again.(F) 12 He is to rededicate his time of consecration to the Lord and to bring a year-old male lamb as a restitution offering.(G) But do not count the previous period, because his consecrated hair became defiled.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 6:11 Lit set apart

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