Leviticus 21:3
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New International Version
or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.

New Living Translation
or his virgin sister who depends on him because she has no husband.

English Standard Version
or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean).

New American Standard Bible
also for his virgin sister, who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.

King James Bible
And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He may make himself unclean for his young unmarried sister in his immediate family.

International Standard Version
virgin sister (who is a near relative of him and did not have a husband— he may defile himself for her).

NET Bible
and his virgin sister who is near to him, who has no husband; he may defile himself for her.

New Heart English Bible
and for his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and especially an unmarried virgin sister who is still close to you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and for his sister a virgin, that is near unto him, that hath had no husband, for her may he defile himself.

New American Standard 1977
also for his virgin sister, who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and for his virgin sister, that is near unto him, who has had no husband; for her he may be defiled.

King James 2000 Bible
And for his sister a virgin, that is near unto him, who has had no husband; for her he may be defiled.

American King James Version
And for his sister a virgin, that is near to him, which has had no husband; for her may he be defiled.

American Standard Version
and for his sister a virgin, that is near unto him, that hath had no husband; for her may he defile himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And for a maiden sister, who hath had no husband:

Darby Bible Translation
and for his sister, a virgin, that is near unto him, who hath had no husband, for her may he make himself unclean.

English Revised Version
and for his sister a virgin, that is near unto him, which hath had no husband, for her may he defile himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh to him, who hath had no husband: for her he may be defiled.

World English Bible
and for his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.

Young's Literal Translation
and for his sister, the virgin, who is near unto him, who hath not been to a man; for her he is defiled.
Study Bible
Holiness Required of Priests
2except for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother, 3also 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.…
Cross References
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,

Leviticus 21:4
'He shall not defile himself as a relative by marriage among his people, and so profane himself.
Treasury of Scripture

And for his sister a virgin, that is near to him, which has had no husband; for her may he be defiled.

(3) And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him--That is, his maiden sister who still remains in sole relationship with him. What this is the next clause explains more minutely.

Which hath had no husband.--When she is married she goes to her husband, and ceases to be near her brother. It then devolves upon her husband to attend to the funeral rites.

For her may he be defiled.--According to the administrators of the Law during the second Temple, the priest was not only allowed to contract defilement by attending to the funeral rites of these seven relations, but was obliged to do it.

And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him,.... That is, his sister by both father's and mother's side, as Aben Ezra; though, according to Gersom, his sister by his father's side, and not by his mother's side, is meant; but, according to Alphes, by his mother's side: perhaps this may signify not nearness of kin, which is expressed by being his sister, but nearness of place, for, being unmarried, she remained unto her death in her father's house:

which hath had no husband; neither betrothed to one, for then she would have been nigh to her husband, and not her brother, and therefore he might not pollute himself for her, as Gersom observes; nor married to him, for such an one he might not defile himself, even though she might have been rejected or divorced by her husband, as the same writer says:

for her may he be defiled; for a pure virgin that had never been betrothed nor married to a man, and had never departed from her father's house, and so had no husband to mourn for her, and take care of her funeral, and so for all the rest before mentioned; and which Jarchi says is a command, and not a bare sufferance or allowance, but what he ought and was obliged to do; and so it is related of Joseph (r), a priest, that his wife died in the evening of the sabbath, and he would not defile himself for her, and his brethren the priests obliged him, and made him defile himself against his will.

(r) T. Bab. Zebachim, fol. 90. 1.21:1-24 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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