Leviticus 21:23
New International Version
yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.'"

New Living Translation
Yet because of his physical defect, he may not enter the room behind the inner curtain or approach the altar, for this would defile my holy places. I am the LORD who makes them holy."

English Standard Version
but he shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.”

Berean Study Bible
but because he has a defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, so as not to desecrate My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”

New American Standard Bible
only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'"

King James Bible
Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

Christian Standard Bible
But because he has a defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar. He is not to desecrate my holy places, for I am the LORD who sets them apart."

Contemporary English Version
but they may not enter the sacred place or serve me at the altar. Remember--I am the LORD, the one who makes a priest holy.

Good News Translation
but because he has a physical defect, he shall not come near the sacred curtain or approach the altar. He must not profane these holy things, because I am the LORD and I make them holy."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But because he has a defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar. He is not to desecrate My sanctuaries, for I am Yahweh who sets them apart."

International Standard Version
but he is not to enter through the curtain nor approach the altar, since he has a defect. That way, he won't defile my sanctuary, since I am the LORD, who sets you apart."

NET Bible
but he must not go into the veil-canopy or step forward to the altar because he has a physical flaw. Thus he must not profane my holy places, for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'"

New Heart English Bible
He shall not come near to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, he must never come up to the canopy or to the altar, since he has a physical defect. He must never dishonor the holy places because I, the LORD, set them apart as holy."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not My holy places; for I am the LORD who sanctify them.

New American Standard 1977
only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, that he may not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Only he shall not go inside the veil nor come near unto the altar because he has a blemish, that he not profane my sanctuary; for I AM he that sanctifies them.

King James 2000 Bible
Only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come near unto the altar, because he has a blemish; that he defile not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

American King James Version
Only he shall not go in to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

American Standard Version
only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I am Jehovah who sanctifieth them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Only he shall not approach the veil, and he shall not draw nigh to the altar, because he has a blemish; and he shall not profane the sanctuary of his God, for I am the Lord that sanctifies them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet so that he enter not within the veil, nor approach to the altar, because he hath a blemish, and he must not defile my sanctuary. I am the Lord who sanctify them.

Darby Bible Translation
only he shall not come in unto the veil, nor shall he draw near unto the altar; for he hath a defect: that he profane not my sanctuaries; for I am Jehovah who do hallow them.

English Revised Version
Only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I am the LORD which sanctify them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Only he shall not go in to the vail, nor come nigh to the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he may not profane my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

World English Bible
He shall not come near to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am Yahweh who sanctifies them.'"

Young's Literal Translation
only, unto the vail he doth not enter, and unto the altar he doth not draw nigh; for blemish is in him; and he doth not pollute My sanctuaries; for I am Jehovah, sanctifying them.'
Study Bible
Restrictions Against Those with Blemishes
22He may eat the most holy food of his God as well as the holy food, 23but because he has a defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, so as not to desecrate My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’” 24Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.…
Cross References
Matthew 23:17
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes it sacred?

Leviticus 21:22
He may eat the most holy food of his God as well as the holy food,

Leviticus 21:24
Moses told this to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.

Treasury of Scripture

Only he shall not go in to the veil, nor come near to the altar, because he has a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

go in

Exodus 30:6-8
And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee…

Exodus 40:26,27
And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation before the vail: …

Ezekiel 44:9-14
Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel…

profane

Leviticus 21:12
Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 15:31
Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.

for I the Lord

Leviticus 21:8
Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.







Lexicon
but
אַ֣ךְ (’aḵ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he has a defect,
מ֣וּם (mūm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3971: To stain, a blemish

he must not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

go
יָבֹ֗א (yā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

near
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the curtain
הַפָּרֹ֜כֶת (hap·pā·rō·ḵeṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6532: A separatrix, screen

or approach
יִגַּ֖שׁ (yig·gaš)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5066: To draw near, approach

the altar,
הַמִּזְבֵּ֛חַ (ham·miz·bê·aḥ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

so as not to desecrate
יְחַלֵּל֙ (yə·ḥal·lêl)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

My sanctuaries.
מִקְדָּשַׁ֔י (miq·dā·šay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4720: A consecrated thing, place, a palace, sanctuary, asylum

For
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I
אֲנִ֥י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

am the LORD
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

who sanctifies them.’”
מְקַדְּשָֽׁם׃ (mə·qad·də·šām)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6942: To be set apart or consecrated
(23) Only he shall not go in unto the vail.--That is, into the holy place which was before the vail.

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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