1 The LordI said to Moses,II “Speak to the priests,III the sonsIV of Aaron,V and say to them:
“No one shall defileVI himself for a dead personVII among his relatives,VIII
2 except for his nearestIX kin:X his mother,XI his father,XII his son, his daughter,XIII his brother;XIV
3 likewise, for a virginXV sisterXVI closeXVII to him because she has hadXVIII no husband,XIX he may defile himself for her.
4 But he shall not defile himself for those related to him by marriageXX and so profaneXXI himself. 5 They shall not makeXXII bald spotsXXIII upon their headsXXIV
or shaveXXV off the edgesXXVI of their beardsXXVII or makeXXVIII any gashesXXIX in their flesh.XXX
6 They shall be holyXXXI to their GodXXXII and not profane the nameXXXIII of their God,
for they offerXXXIV the Lord’s offerings by fire,XXXV the foodXXXVI of their God; therefore they shall be holy.XXXVII
7 They shall not marryXXXVIII a prostituteXXXIX or a womanXL who has been defiled;XLI neither shall they marry a woman divorcedXLII from her husband. For they are holyXLIII to their God,
8 and you shall treat them as holy,XLIV since they offer the food of your God; they shall be holyXLV to you, for I the Lord, I who sanctifyXLVI you, am holy.XLVII 9 When the daughter of aXLVIII priest profanes herself through prostitution,XLIX she profanes her father; she shall be burned to death.L
10 “The priest who is exaltedLI above his brothers, on whose head the anointingLII oilLIII has been pouredLIV and who has been consecratedLV
to wearLVI the vestments,LVII shall not dishevelLVIII his hairLIX nor tearLX his vestments.
11 He shall not goLXI where there isLXII a deadLXIII body;LXIV he shall not defile himself even for his father or mother.
12 He shall not go outsideLXV the sanctuaryLXVI and thus profane the sanctuary of his God, for the consecrationLXVII of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord. 13 He shall marry only a woman who is a virgin.LXVIII
14 A widowLXIX or a divorced woman or a woman who has been defiled, a prostitute—these he shall not marry. He shall marryLXX a virginLXXI of his own people, 15 that he may not profane his offspringLXXII among his people, for I am the Lord;LXXIII I sanctify him.”
16 The LordLXXIV spokeLXXV to Moses, saying, 17 “Speak to Aaron and say: No oneLXXVI of your offspring throughout their generationsLXXVII who has a blemishLXXVIII may approachLXXIX to offer the food of his God.
18 Indeed,LXXX no one who has a blemish shall draw near,LXXXI one who is blindLXXXII or lame,LXXXIII or one who is mutilatedLXXXIV or deformed,LXXXV
19 or one who has a brokenLXXXVI footLXXXVII or a broken hand,LXXXVIII 20 or a hunchback,LXXXIX or a dwarf,XC
or a man with a defectXCI in his eyesXCII or an itching diseaseXCIII or scabsXCIV or crushedXCV testicles.XCVI
21 No descendantXCVII of Aaron the priest whoXCVIII has a blemish shall come nearXCIX to offer the Lord’sC offerings by fire; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the food of his God.
22 He may eatCI the food of his God, of the most holyCII as well as of the holy.CIII 23 But he shall not comeCIV near the curtainCV
or approachCVI the altarCVII because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the Lord;CVIII I sanctify them.” 24 Thus Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to allCIX the Israelites.CX
Image credit: “I Can See Through You” by Maryam Abdulghaffar, 2010.