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Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Leviticus 21

Verse 1

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

said. See note on Leviticus 5:14.

the priests the sons of Aaron. Occurs only here. In all the other seven passages it is in Hebrew "the sons of Aaron, the priests". See Leviticus 1:5.

the dead = a dead soul. Hebrew. nephesh. See App-13, and note on Leviticus 19:28.

Verse 2

kin = flesh.

Verse 4

defile himself [for his wife]. Figure of speech Ellipsis. App-6.

a chief = a lord, or leader. Hebrew. ba"al. Supply Figure of speech Ellipsis (App-6) [a priest].

Verse 5

shave. Forbidden to the Israelites; but in Egypt a disgrace not to shave. See Genesis 41:14. 1 Samuel 10:4, 1 Samuel 10:5.

the corner of their beard = their whiskers.

Verse 6

holy = set apart, or separate. See note on Exodus 3:5. Here, a singular noun = a separated set.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

offerings = Hebrew. ishsheh. App-43.

bread = food of all kinds. Put by Figure of speech Synecdoche (of Species). App-6. See note on Leviticus 3:11. of their God. Genitive of relation. App-17.

offer = bring near. Hebrew. karab, App-43.

holy. See note on Exodus 3:5.

Verse 8

I the LORD, Which, &c. = Jehovah title. See note on Leviticus 20:8, and App-4.

Verse 9

burnt = burnt up Hebrew. saraph. App-43.

Verse 10

high priest. See note on Leviticus 4:3.

consecrated. See note on Exodus 28:41. Exodus 9:17.

rend. See notes on Leviticus 10:6; Leviticus 13:45.

Verse 11

dead body = dead soul. Hebrew "dead nephesh". The opposite of "living soul"in Genesis 2:7. See note on Leviticus 19:28, and App-13.

Verse 12

crown = consecration: i.e. = Nazariteship.

Verse 16

spake. See note on Leviticus 5:14.

Verse 17

generations = posterity.

Verse 18

flat = any deformity (of the nose).

any thing superfluous = any thing over long or excessive. Compare Leviticus 22:23.

Verse 20

blemish in his eye = defective vision, or cataract.

Verse 24

children. Hebrew sons.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Leviticus 21". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.