fore his mother, should, in both instances, be rendered of, or con-ccrning,or about. See Ling. Sacra, Vol. 1, p. 142. This parti-cle being so rendered, the words, rid of that obscurity, read thus :" who said 0/his father and of his mother, I have not seen him,"or her, as the ease might be ; that is, I have not become defiled bygoing in to see any dead body, not even that of my father ormother, but have, in this respect, treated parents, brethren andchildren as if strangers. So this particle is rendered in Gen. xx.13. " say of me, He is my brother ;" and in Chap. xxvi. 7. " themen of the place asked him of his wife.SER. XI.] HIS DEPORTMET AD SERVICE. 337mon Israelite, or, in certain cases, an ordinary priest," uncover his head, nor rend his clothes," that is, intoken of mourning at the death or at the funerals of his nearest relations. "either" (so strict was theinjunction) "shall he go in to any dead body," thatis, into an apartment where any dead body lay," nor defile himself," by so doing, " for his fatheror his mother," when lying dead ; and thereforemuch less for one of his brethren, one of his ownnation, or tribe, or even one descended from thesame parents ; nor might he, in this way, know hisown children. Moreover, to complete the divine re-strictions under which, in these respects, the high-priest was laid, and withal to suggest the reasons of them, it was added, " either shall he go out of thesanctuary," that is, out of the tabernacle or temple,while bis attendance there was required no, noteven to pay his last respects to a dying parent, or tosee the corpse, or attend its interment; "nor pro-fane the sanctuary of his God," by returning thitherbefore purified, after having touched a dead body, oreven a grave, by which a man was rendered cere-monially unclean, and so unfit to enter the sanctuary,for seven days. See Levit. xxi. 10 12. Comp. Chap.x. 7. and um. xix. 11 14.