Leviticus 21:9
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New International Version
"'If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.

New Living Translation
"If a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she also defiles her father's holiness, and she must be burned to death.

English Standard Version
And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

New American Standard Bible
'Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

King James Bible
And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a priest's daughter defiles herself by promiscuity, she defiles her father; she must be burned up."

International Standard Version
"Now if the daughter of any priest defiles herself by being a prostitute, she defiles her father. She is to be incinerated.

NET Bible
If a daughter of a priest profanes herself by engaging in prostitution, she is profaning her father. She must be burned to death.

New Heart English Bible
"'The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the prostitute, she profanes her father: she shall be burned with fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a priest's daughter dishonors herself by becoming a prostitute, she dishonors her father. She must be burned.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the harlot, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

New American Standard 1977
‘Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the daughter of the man who is a priest, if she begins to fornicate, she profanes her father; she shall be burnt with fire.

King James 2000 Bible
And the daughter of any priest, if she defiles herself by playing the harlot, she defiles her father: she shall be burned with fire.

American King James Version
And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profanes her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

American Standard Version
And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the harlot, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If the daughter of a priest be taken in whoredom, and dishonour the name of her father, she shall be burnt with fire.

Darby Bible Translation
And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burned with fire.

English Revised Version
And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the harlot, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the daughter of any priest, if she shall profane herself by lewdness, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

World English Bible
"'The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the prostitute, she profanes her father: she shall be burned with fire.

Young's Literal Translation
'And a daughter of any priest when she polluteth herself by going a-whoring -- her father she is polluting; with fire she is burnt.
Study Bible
Holiness Required of Priests
8'You shall consecrate him, therefore, for he offers the food of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the LORD, who sanctifies you, am holy. 9Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire. 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;…
Cross References
Genesis 38:24
Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry." Then Judah said, "Bring her out and let her be burned!"

Exodus 31:14
'Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.

Leviticus 19:29
'Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness.

Deuteronomy 22:21
then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father's house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
Treasury of Scripture

And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profanes her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

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Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works …

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Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children …

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Leviticus 20:14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall …

Genesis 38:24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, …

Joshua 7:15,25 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall …

Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. …

(9) And the daughter of any priest.--This statute, according to the administrators of the Law during the second Temple, applies only to betrothed and married daughters. Hence the ancient Chaldee version renders it, "and if the betrothed daughter"

She shall be burnt with fire.--Whilst the married daughter of a layman who had gone astray was punished with death by strangling (see Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:23-24), the daughter of a priest who had disgraced herself was to be punished with the severer death by burning. Though the doom of the guilty partner in the crime is not mentioned here, his sentence was death by strangulation.

And the daughter of any priest,.... The Targum of Jonathan restrains it to one that is betrothed; but others, as Jarchi and Aben Ezra, whether betrothed or married; and all confess, as the former says, that the Scripture does not speak of one that is single or entirely free: but there is no exception in the text; and besides, the daughter of any man that was betrothed to a man, and guilty of the crime here spoken of, was to die, Deuteronomy 22:23; and therefore such a law respecting the priest's daughter would be needless; unless it can be thought that it was made merely for the sake of the different kind of death she was to be put to, and that burning was a more terrible one than stoning:

if she profane herself by playing the whore; which brings scandal and disgrace on any person, and much more on anyone that had the honour of being related to a person in such a sacred office, and the advantage of a more strictly religious education, and had eaten of the holy things in her father's house; all which were aggravations of her crime, and made it the more scandalous and reproachful to her: some render it, "when she begins to play the whore" (b); as soon as ever it is discovered in her, and she is taken in it; even for the first that she commits, she is not to be spared, but put to death:

she profaneth her father: which is another aggravation of her sin; she brings him under disgrace, disparages his office, and exposes him to censure, reproach, and ridicule, as not having taken care of her education, and taught her better, and kept her under restraints; men will upbraid him with it, saying, this is a priest's daughter that has committed this lewdness; nor will say of him, as Jarchi observes, cursed be he that begat her, and cursed be he that brought her up:

she shall be burnt with fire; not with hot melted lead poured down her mouth, but with faggots set about her; See Gill on Leviticus 20:14; no punishment is here fixed for the person that lay with her, but, according to the Jewish canons (c), she was to be strangled.

(b) "cum coepit fornicari", Pagninus, Montanus; so Tigurine version. (c) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 10. sect. 1. Maimon. Issure Biah, c. 1. sect. 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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