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But he can go near the body of a close relative. It could be his mother, father, son, daughter or brother. He can also go near a sister who is not married. She would have depended on him because she did not have a husband. The priest can make himself “unclean” by going near her body. But he must not make himself “unclean” by going near the bodies of people only related to him by marriage. Going near them would make him “unclean.”

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except for a close relative, such as his mother or father,(A) his son or daughter, his brother, or an unmarried sister who is dependent on him since she has no husband—for her he may make himself unclean.(B) He must not make himself unclean for people related to him by marriage,[a] and so defile himself.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 21:4 Or unclean as a leader among his people

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