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They shall be (A)holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and the (B)bread of their God; (C)therefore they shall be holy.

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Therefore you shall [a]consecrate him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for (A)I the Lord, who (B)sanctify you, am holy.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 21:8 set him apart

17 “Speak to Aaron, saying: ‘No man of your descendants in succeeding generations, who has any defect, may approach to offer the bread of his God.

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21 No man of the descendants of Aaron the priest, who has a defect, shall come near to offer the offerings made by fire to the Lord. He has a defect; he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.

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22 He may eat the bread of his God, both the most holy and the holy;

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25 Nor (A)from a foreigner’s hand shall you offer any of these as (B)the bread of your God, because their (C)corruption is in them, and defects are in them. They shall not be accepted on your behalf.’ ”

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“Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, (A)My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.’

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(A)When you brought in (B)foreigners, (C)uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to defile it—My house—and when you offered (D)My food, (E)the fat and the blood, then they broke My covenant because of all your abominations.

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“You offer (A)defiled food on My altar,
But say,
‘In what way have we defiled You?’
By saying,
(B)‘The table of the Lord is [a]contemptible.’

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 1:7 Or to be despised

12 “But you profane it,
In that you say,
(A)‘The table of the [a]Lord is defiled;
And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 1:12 So with Bg.; MT Lord