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Leviticus 21:5 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(5) Make baldness upon their head.—The natural expression of grief, however, which the priests were to manifest for the above-named departed relations, was not to show itself in the practices which disfigure their bodily appearance, and which obtained among other nations of antiquity in connection with funeral ceremonies. Thus, in the graphic description of the idolatrous priests mourning, we are told “the priests sit in their temples, having their clothes rent, and their heads and beards shaven, and nothing upon their heads.” (Bar. 6:31.) The three things here prohibited to the priests are also forbidden to the people at large under other circumstances. (See Lev. 19:27-28; Deu. 14:1.) The ordinary Israelites, however, indulged in the same practices. (See Jer. 16:6; Eze. 7:18; Amo. 8:10.)

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 21:5 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 21:5 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 21:5 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 21:5 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 21:5 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 21:5 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Leviticus 21:5 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 21:5 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:5 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 21:5 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 21:5 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 21:5 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:5 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 21:5 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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