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Leviticus 21:8 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(8) Thou shalt sanctify him therefore.—This is addressed to the Jewish community. They are to take care that the priest does not contract such illegal marriages, and to sanctify him only who acts in obedience to these statutes. The Jewish priest is thus placed under the supervision of the people. His sacred office, and his duly performing the priestly functions. are their concern. If he refused to conform to the law of sanctity, the people, according to the administrators of the Law during the second Temple, were to compel him to do so by the penalty of administering to him the prescribed number of stripes.

He shall be holy unto thee.—On the other hand, when he acts in accordance with his sacred office, the people must reverence his holy person. Hence the administrators of the Law during the second Temple enacted that the priest is to take precedence on public occasions. Thus, when the people assemble, he opens the meeting by invoking God’s blessing. At the reading of the Law of God in the synagogue, he is called up first to the rostrum to read the first portion, and at table he recites the benedictions over the repast. This honour the Jews assign to the priests to this day.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 21:8 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 21:8 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 21:8 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 21:8 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 21:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:8 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 21:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 21:8 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:8 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 21:8 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 21:8 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Leviticus 21:8 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 21:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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