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Leviticus 21:18 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(18) For whatsoever man . . . —This part of the verse is simply an emphatic repetition of the same declaration at the end of the last verse to introduce the examples of the bodily blemishes which disqualified the priests for the service at the altar. A similar law obtained among the Greeks and Romans, that a priest should be perfect in all his parts; and according to the Hindoo law, Brahmins born with a bodily defect, or who received one before their sixteenth year, are excluded from the rites of consecration.

A blind man.—During the second Temple, this was not only interpreted to be partial blindness on both eyes, or on one eye, but was taken to include any blemish in the eye or in the eyelid, of which the administrators of the Law enumerate twenty-six cases, nineteen in the eye and seven in the eyelid.

Or a lame.—This was understood during the second Temple to refer to any imperfection in the gait of the priest, which might show itself in twenty different ways.

Or he that hath a flat nose.—Of the nasal deformity no less than nine different illustrations are given.

Or any thing superfluous.—That is, one member of the body more stretched out or longer than the others, or out of proportion, as an eye, shoulder, thigh, leg, &c.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 21:18 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 21:18 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 21:18 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 21:18 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 21:18 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:18 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 21:18 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 21:18 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 21:18 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:18 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 21:18 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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