The Holiness of the Priests

211 Then the Lord said to Moses , "Speak to the priests , the sons of Aaron , and say to them: ' No one shall defile himself for a dead person among his people , 2 except e for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother , 3 also for his virgin sister , who is near to him because she has had no husband ; for her he may defile himself. 4 'He shall not defile himself as a relative by marriage among his people , and so profane himself. 5 ' They shall not make any baldness e on their heads , nor shave off the edges of their beards , nor make any cuts in their flesh . 6 'They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God , for they present the offerings by fire to the Lord , the food of their God ; so they shall be holy . 7 ' They shall not take a woman who is profaned by harlotry , nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband ; for he is holy to his God . 8 'You shall consecrate him, therefore, for he offers the food of your God ; he shall be holy to you; for I the Lord , who sanctifies you, am holy . 9 ' Also the daughter of any priest , if she profanes herself by harlotry , she profanes her father ; she shall be burned with fire .

10 'The priest who is the highest among his brothers , on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated e to wear the garments , shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes ; 11 nor shall he approach any dead person , nor defile himself even 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 on him; I am the Lord . 13 'He shall take a wife in her virginity . 14 ' A widow , or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry , these he may not take ; but rather e he is to marry a virgin of his own people , 15 so that he will not profane his offspring among his people ; for I am the Lord who sanctifies him.' "

16 Then the Lord spoke to Moses , saying , 17 "Speak to Aaron , saying , 'No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God . 18 ' For no e one who has a defect shall approach : a blind man , or a lame man , or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb, 19 or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand , 20 or a hunchback or a dwarf , or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles . 21 'No e man among the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the Lord'S offerings by fire ; since he has a defect , he shall not come near to offer the food of his God . 22 'He may eat the food of his God , both of the most holy and of the holy , 23 only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect , so that he will not profane My sanctuaries . For I am the Lord who sanctifies them.' " 24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel .