Leviticus 21:11
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New International Version
He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,

New Living Translation
He must not defile himself by going near a dead body. He may not make himself ceremonially unclean even for his father or mother.

English Standard Version
He shall not go in to any dead bodies nor make himself unclean, even for his father or for his mother.

New American Standard Bible
nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother;

King James Bible
Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He must not go near any dead person or make himself unclean even for his father or mother.

International Standard Version
He is not to come near any dead body—whether the deceased is his father or his mother—so as not to defile himself.

NET Bible
He must not go where there is any dead person; he must not defile himself even for his father and his mother.

New Heart English Bible
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He must never go near any dead bodies or become unclean, even for his father or mother.

JPS Tanakh 1917
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

New American Standard 1977
nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother;

Jubilee Bible 2000
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father or for his mother;

King James 2000 Bible
Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

American King James Version
Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

American Standard Version
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nor shall he go in at all to any dead person: not even for his father, or his mother, shall he be defiled:

Darby Bible Translation
Neither shall he come near any person dead, nor make himself unclean for his father and for his mother;

English Revised Version
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

World English Bible
neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

Young's Literal Translation
nor beside any dead person doth he come; for his father and for his mother he doth not defile himself;
Study Bible
Holiness Required of Priests
10'The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes; 11nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother; 12nor 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.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:28
'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 21:2
except for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother,

Numbers 19:11
'The one who touches the corpse of any person shall be unclean for seven days.

Numbers 19:14
'This is the law when a man dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent shall be unclean for seven days.
Treasury of Scripture

Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

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Leviticus 21:1,2 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron, …

Numbers 6:7 He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, …

Numbers 19:14 This is the law, when a man dies in a tent: all that come into the …

Deuteronomy 33:9 Who said to his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither …

Matthew 8:21,22 And another of his disciples said to him, Lord, suffer me first to …

Matthew 12:46-50 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers …

Luke 9:59,60 And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first …

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, …

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have …

(11) Neither shall he go in to any dead body.--Not only is he to abstain from the manifestation of sorrow for the troubles which befell the community, or those whom he loves, but in the case of death he is not to enter into a tent, house, or place where a human corpse was lying (Numbers 19:14), lest he should contract defilement. According to the administrators of the Law during the second Temple, the expression any dead body extends to any portion of it, so that when the pontiff entered a place where a certain quantity of the blood of the dead body was to be found, he became defiled. Accordingly, "any dead soul," which is literally the meaning of the phrase here translated by "dead body," denotes the blood which constitutes the soul or life. (See Leviticus 17:10-14.)

Nor defile himself for his father . . . --Better, not for his father . . . shall he defile himself or, not even for his father, &c. As the rigorous enactment in the preceding clause constitutes already the difference between the high priest and the ordinary priest, this clause simply adduces an instance to illustrate it. Whilst the ordinary priest was not only permitted, but even obliged, to attend the funeral ceremonies of no less than seven of his relations (see Leviticus 21:2-3), the high priest was not even allowed to join in the obsequies of his parents. The only exception made in his case was when he found a human body in an isolated place. Under such circumstances he was not only permitted, but it was a meritorious act on his part, to bury it. (See Leviticus 21:1.)

Neither shall he go in to any dead body,.... That is, into a tent or house where any dead body lies, as Jarchi and Aben Ezra interpret it, for whoever went into such a place was unclean seven days; and so long therefore an high priest, should he enter there, would be prevented doing the duty of his office, see Numbers 19:14; this was aped and followed by the Heathens in later times; so among the Romans, the "Flamen Dialis", or high priest of Jupiter, might not go into a place where a dead body was burnt or buried, nor touch any (h); and it was a custom with them, as Servius (i) tells us, to put a branch of cypress at the door of a house where a dead body was, that an high priest might not enter through ignorance, and be defiled:

nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; by entering into the tent or house where they lay dead, or by touching them, or attending the funeral of them, or by concerning himself about it; and there was no need to mention his son or his daughter, his brother or his sister; for if he was not to defile himself for any of his parents, much less for any of those which are excepted in the case of a common priest, Leviticus 21:2; the Jews do indeed make one exception in the case of an high priest, and that is, that if he meets with a dead body in the way, he was obliged to defile himself for it and bury it (k); and so among the Romans, though it was a crime for an high priest to look upon a dead body, yet it was reckoned a greater, if, when he saw it, he left it unburied (l).

(h) Massurius Sabinus, apud A. Gell. Noct. Attic. l. 10. c. 15. (i) In Virgil. Aeneid. l. 3. ver. 64. "atraque cupresso". (k) Maimon. Hilchot Ebel, c. 3. sect. 8. (l) Servius in Virgil. Aeneid. l. 6. ad ver. "praecipue pius Aeneas", &c. 21:1-24 Laws concerning the priests. - As these priests were types of Christ, so all ministers must be followers of him, that their example may teach others to imitate the Saviour. Without blemish, and separate from sinners, He executed his priestly office on earth. What manner of persons then should his ministers be! But all are, if Christians, spiritual priests; the minister especially is called to set a good example, that the people may follow it. Our bodily infirmities, blessed be God, cannot now shut us out from his service, from these privileges, or from his heavenly glory. Many a healthful, beautiful soul is lodged in a feeble, deformed body. And those who may not be suited for the work of the ministry, may serve God with comfort in other duties in his church.
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