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Leviticus 21:10 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(10) And he that is the high priest among his brethren.—That is, among his priestly brethren, the one who is distinguished among them by this office.

Upon whose head the anointing oil was poured.—This profuse pouring of oil was the distinctive feature in the consecration of the high priest. (See Lev. 8:12.)

Consecrated to put on the garments.—Better, consecrated by putting on the garments. The robing of the high priest by Moses, as well as the anointing him, constituted part of the consecration ceremony. (See Lev. 8:7-11.)

Shall not uncover his head.—Better, shall not let his head be dishevelled, which was a sign of mourning. (See Lev. 10:6.)

Nor rend his clothes.—That is, “in the time of distress,” as the ancient Chaldee version of Jonathan rightly adds after it. Sustaining this high position, and being the intercessor between God and man, such outward expressions of sorrow might lead those in whose behalf he ministers in the sanctuary to believe that he thereby impugns the justice of the Divine judgment.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 21:10 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 21:10 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 21:10 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 21:10 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 21:10 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 21:10 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Leviticus 21:10 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 21:10 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:10 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:10 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 21:10 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 21:10 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 21:10 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:10 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Leviticus 21:10 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 21:10 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 21:10 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Leviticus 21:10 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 21:10 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 21:10 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:10 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 21:10 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)