New International Version
or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband--for her he may make himself unclean.
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.
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.
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.
Leviticus 21:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There shall none be defiled for the dead - No priest shall assist in laying out a dead body, or preparing it for interment. Any contact with the dead was supposed to be of a defiling nature, probably because putrefaction had then taken place; and animal putrefaction was ever held in detestation by all men.
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Wherefore let every one measure himself wisely, lest he venture to assume a place of rule, while in himself vice still reigns unto condemnation; lest one whom his own guilt depraves desire to become an intercessor for the faults of others. For on this account it is said to Moses by the supernal voice, Speak unto Aaron; Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, he shall not offer loaves of bread to the Lord his God (Lev. xxi. 17). And it is also immediately subjoined; …
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The Section Chap. I. -iii.
except for a close relative, such as his mother or father, his son or daughter, his brother,
He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage, and so defile himself.
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