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Leviticus 22:3 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(3) Whosoever he be of all your seed, among your generations.—Better, throughout your generations, every man. So the Authorised version properly renders the expression here translated “among your generations” in Lev. 23:14; Lev. 23:21. (See Lev. 3:17; Lev. 21:17.)

That goeth unto the holy things.—That is, who approaches the sacrifices to eat them, as is stated in Lev. 22:4; Lev. 22:6; Lev. 22:12.

Having his uncleanness upon him.—Not having first submitted to the prescribed lustrations (see Lev. 7:20), the defilement which he contracted rests upon him.

That soul shall be cut off from my presence.—This phrase, with the expression “from my presence,” does not occur again in the Pentateuch when the Lord threatens with the penalty of excision. In Leviticus, where, besides the passage before us, the penalty is enacted six times, the formula is always, “that soul shall be cut off from his people” (Lev. 7:20-21; Lev. 7:25; Lev. 7:27; Lev. 19:8; Lev. 23:29). Its exceptional form here may therefore have reference to the peculiar circumstances. If the priest ventures to approach the altar presumptuously to partake in a defiled state of the holy sacrifices, God himself will banish him from His presence as He did Nadab and Abihu.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 22:3 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 22:3 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 22:3 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 22:3 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 22:3 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 22:3 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:3 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 22:3 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 22:3 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:3 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 22:3 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 22:3 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:3 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 22:3 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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