1Yahweh said to Moses: 'Speak to the priests descended from Aaron and say: "None of them mustmake himself unclean by touching the corpse of one of his people, 2unless it be of one of his closest relations-father, mother, son, daughter, brother, 3or virgin sister, since she being unmarried is still his close relation: he can make himself unclean forher; 4but for a close female relation who is married he wil not make himself unclean; he would profanehimself. 5"They wil not make tonsures on their heads, shave the edges of their beards, or gash their bodies. 6They wil be consecrated to their God and wil not profane the name of their God. For their function isto offer the food burnt for Yahweh, the food of their God, and so they must be holy. 7"They wil not marry a woman profaned by prostitution, or one divorced by her husband, for the priestis consecrated to his God. 8"You wil treat him as holy, for he offers the food of your God. For you, he wil be a holy person, for I,Yahweh, who sanctify you, am holy. 9"If a priest's daughter profanes herself by prostitution, she profanes her father and wil be burnt alive. 10"The priest who is pre-eminent over his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured,and who, robed in the sacred vestments, has received investiture, wil not disorder his hair or tear his clothes; 11he wil not go near any corpse or make himself unclean even for his father or mother. 12He wil not leave the holy place in such a way as to profane the sanctuary of his God; for he bears theconsecration of the anointing oil of his God. I am Yahweh. 13"He will marry a woman who is stil a virgin. 14He wil not marry a woman who has been widowed or divorced or profaned by prostitution, but wilmarry a virgin from his own people: 15he must not make his own children profane, for I, Yahweh, have sanctified him." ' 16Yahweh spoke to Moses and said: 17'Speak to Aaron and say: "None of your descendants, for al time, may come forward to offer the foodof his God if he has any infirmity, 18for none may come forward if he has an infirmity, be he blind or lame, disfigured or deformed, 19or with an injured foot or arm, 20a hunchback, someone with rickets or ophthalmia or the scab or running sores, or a eunuch. 21No descendant of the priest Aaron may come forward to offer the food burnt for Yahweh if he has anyinfirmity; if he has an infirmity, he wil not come forward to offer the food of his God. 22"He may eat the food of his God, things especially holy and things holy, 23but he wil not go near the curtain or approach the altar, since he has an infirmity and must notprofane my holy things; for I, Yahweh, have sanctified them." ' 24And Moses promulgated this to Aaron, to his sons, and to all the Israelites.
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