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virgin sister (who is a near relative of him and did not have a husband—[a] he may defile himself for her). Because he is a husband among his people, he is not to defile himself, thereby polluting himself.

“They are not to cut their hair in ritualistic patterns[b] on their heads, deface the edges of their beards, or make incisions in their flesh.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 21:3 Lit. hasn’t had a man
  2. Leviticus 21:5 Lit. cut the sides of their hair; i.e. as a sign of affiliation

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