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Leviticus 21:4

    Leviticus 21:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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

    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.

    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' Notes 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 Notes 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.