1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people:Just when I think I've seen how deeply repellent this book can be, there's a new wrinkle (hmm, are wrinkles blemishes?). Yahweh wants to keep imperfect-looking and physically impaired people the fuck away from his holy offerings. God is love.
2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother.
3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.
4 But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.
5 They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
6 They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.
7 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.
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.
9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.
10 And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes;
11 Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
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.
13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.
15 Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.
16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
17 Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.
18 For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
19 Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,
20 Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;
21 No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.
22 He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy.
23 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.
24 And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.
- #1: God tells Moses to tell Aaron and his priestly sons that no one should "be defiled for the dead among his people." (Is this about necrophilia or a less-provocative faux pas in handling a corpse... such as handling a corpse?)
- #2: The rules are different for close relatives: mother, father, son, daughter, and brother (I'm seriously hoping this isn't about necrophilia).
- #3: If your late sister was an unmarried virgin, "for her may he be defiled." (Is it just me or does that sound a little odd? I could see it saying that whatever exactly this is talking about wouldn't be considered "defiling," but to say in that case it's a downright upright kind of defiling seems kinda weird).
- #4: Big shots shouldn't defile themselves.
- #5: They shouldn't shave their headsor the corners of their beards, or cut themselves.
- #6: They should be holy re: YHWH, not use his name profanely. Because ('cuz why?) "the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy."
- #7: Holy honchos shouldn't marry whores or a profane woman, and they shouldn't steal a woman for us husband.
- #8: Treat him as sanctified, because he burns bread for me. He should be holy to you, because "I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy."
- #9: If a priest's daughter becomes a prostitute, she's profaning her father, and she is to be burnt to death.
- #10: High priests, the ones who get anointed and authorized to wear the priestly garments, should not uncover their heads or tear their clothes.
- #11: "Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother..." ("Go in to" sounds dangerously close to "go in unto." Now, I'm really worrying that this stuff is about necrophilia.")
- #12: He shouldn't leave the sanctuary (ever?), nor "profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD."
- #13: His wife should be a virgin.
- #14: He should not marry a widow, divorcée, profane woman, or whore. His bride must be "a virgin of his own people."
- #15 "Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him." (Not sure whether this means treat your kids right, don't screw around, or don't have children with the wrong element).
- #16: Then YHWH tells Moe...
- #17: To tell Aaron that any of his physically defective offspring should not do the priestly rites (specifically, the offering of bread).
- #18: Men with blemishes, blind men, lame men, people with flat noses or growths should not approach the altar.
- #19: Same for people with broken feet or hands...
- #20: Or with crooked backs, or dwarves, or people with blemishes in their eyes, or with scurvy, scabs, or "his stones broken" (yes, it means what you think it means);
- #21: Do not let any physically defective descendants of Aaron near the offerings burned for God. If he's got a blemish, keep him away from God's bread.
- #22: He gets to eat the holy bread (even the most holy)...
- #23: But he must stay away from the vail and the altar because he is defective, and that would profane God's sacred sanctuaries.
- #24: Moses told Aaron and sons and all of the Israelites.