Leviticus 21:13
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New International Version
"'The woman he marries must be a virgin.

New Living Translation
"The high priest may marry only a virgin.

English Standard Version
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

New American Standard Bible
'He shall take a wife in her virginity.

King James Bible
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is to marry a woman who is a virgin.

International Standard Version
"Furthermore, he is to marry a true virgin.

NET Bible
He must take a wife who is a virgin.

New Heart English Bible
"'He shall take a wife in her virginity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The anointed priest must marry a virgin.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

New American Standard 1977
‘And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

King James 2000 Bible
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

American King James Version
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

American Standard Version
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall take a virgin unto his wife:

Darby Bible Translation
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

English Revised Version
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

World English Bible
"'He shall take a wife in her virginity.

Young's Literal Translation
'And he taketh a wife in her virginity;
Study Bible
Holiness Required of Priests
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. 13He 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 he is to marry a virgin of his own people,…
Cross References
Leviticus 21:7
'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.

Leviticus 21:12
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.

Leviticus 21:14
'A widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry, these he may not take; but rather he is to marry a virgin of his own people,

Ezekiel 44:22
"And they shall not marry a widow or a divorced woman but shall take virgins from the offspring of the house of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest.
Treasury of Scripture

And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

Leviticus 21:7 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall …

Ezekiel 44:22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away…

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused …

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

(13) A wife in her virginity.--From this verse the administrators of the Law during the second Temple concluded that (1) the high priest must be the husband of one wife, though the ordinary priests might have several; (2) that she must be a virgin, under the age of thirteen; (3) that she must not even have been betrothed to another person; and that (4) she must be the daughter of Jewish parents by race, as it is stated in the next verse, though the ordinary priest was allowed to marry the daughter of proselytes. The first of these enactments is also enjoined by St. Paul on Christian bishops (1Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:16); whilst the fourth is actually expressed in the Greek version (LXX.), which has at the end of the verse, "of his own race."

And he shall take a wife in her virginity. One, and not two, or more, as Ben Gersom observes; and so Maimonides says (q), an high priest might never take two women together; for it is said, "a wife", or "woman", one, and not two; and so it is explained in the Talmud (r); for though polygamy was practised by the Israelites, and even by the common priests, yet these writers suppose it was by no means allowed to an high priest: among the Egyptians, though they took as many wives as they pleased, their priests, married but one (s); and so a minister of the New Testament is to be the husband of one wife, 1 Timothy 3:2; and this wife the high priest was to take was to be a "virgin", one that not only had never known a man, but that was never betrothed to any; yea, according to the Talmudists (t), who was not quite ripe for marriage, or the time of her puberty not fully completed, which was the age of twelve years; within, or somewhat before that time, the high priest was to marry her, that it might be out of all doubt that she was a pure virgin; since it is said, "in her virginity", within the time of her puberty, before it was quite up; this, by many, is thought to be an emblem of Christ and his church; as he was typified by the high priest, so the church by the virgin he married, which is espoused to Christ as a chaste virgin, 2 Corinthians 11:2.

(q) Hilchot Issure Biah, c. 17. sect. 13. (r) T. Bab. Yebamot, fol. 59. 1.((s) Diodor. Sicul. l. 1. p. 72. (t) T. Bab. Yebamot, ibid. Maimon. ut supra. (Cele Hamikdash, c. 5. sect. 5, 6.) 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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