Leviticus 21 :4

Leviticus 21 :4 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

King James Version (KJV)

But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

American Standard Version (ASV)

He shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

But let him, being a chief among his people, not make himself unclean in such a way as to put shame on himself.

Webster's Revision

But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

World English Bible

He shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

English Revised Version (ERV)

He shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

Definitions for Leviticus 21 :4

Clarke's Commentary on Leviticus 21 :4

A chief man among his people - The word בעל baal signifies a master, chief, husband, etc., and is as variously translated here.

1. He being a chief among the people, it would be improper to see him in such a state of humiliation as mourning for the dead necessarily implies.

2. Though a husband he shall not defile himself even for the death of a wife, because the anointing of his God is upon him. But the first sense appears to be the best.

Barnes' Commentary on Leviticus 21 :4

The sense seems to be that, owing to his position in the nation, the priest is not to defile himself in any cases except those named in Leviticus 21:2-3. The Septuagint appear to have followed a different reading of the text which would mean, "he shall not defile himself for a moment." The explanation in the margin of our version is hardly in keeping with the prohibition to Ezekiel on a special occasion. See Ezekiel 24:16.

Wesley's Commentary on Leviticus 21 :4

21:4 Being - Or, seeing he is a chief man, for such not only the high - priest, but others also of the inferior priests were. He shall not defile himself for any other person whatsoever. To profane himself - Because such defilement for the dead did profane him, or make him as a common person, and consequently unfit to manage his sacred employment.
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