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Leviticus 21:20 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(20) Or crookbackt.—Rather, or whose eyebrows cover his eyes. This is the sense given to this clause during the second Temple. Hence the ancient Chaldee version of Jonathan translates it, “whose eyebrows lying cover his eyes.” That is, the hair, of the eyebrows are so thick, heavy, and long, that they join together and cover his eyes, thus interfering with his eyesight, and rendering him unsightly in appearance.

Or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye.—Better, or hath a cataract or a fusion of the white and black in his eye, as the administrators of the Law during the second Temple interpret the two defects here spoken of.

Or be scurvy, or scabbed.—According to the authorities in the time of Christ, both these are kinds of ulcers or scurvy; the former is a scab which is dry both within and without, whilst the second is a scab which is moist within and dry without, and which clings to a man till he dies.

Or hath his stones broken.—That is, one whose testicles are injured. This included several kinds of defectiveness, which are exhibited in the different renderings of the ancient versions, but all refer to the same seat of the blemish.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 21:20 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 21:20 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 21:20 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 21:20 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:20 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 21:20 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 21:20 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 21:20 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:20 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 21:20 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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