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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Leviticus 12:1–13:28

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Laws of Motherhood

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying:

When a woman 1gives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, aas in the days of 2her menstruation she shall be unclean.

3 ‘On athe eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

4 ‘Then she shall remain in the blood of her purification for thirty-three days; she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed.

5 ‘But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her 1menstruation; and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days.

6aWhen the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove bfor a sin offering.

7 ‘Then he shall offer it before the Lord and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the 1flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, whether a male or a female.

8 ‘But if 1she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take atwo turtledoves or two young pigeons, bthe one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the cpriest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’ ”

Chapter 13

The Test for Leprosy

1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,

2 “When a man has on the skin of his 1body a swelling or a scab or a bright spot, and it becomes 2an infection of leprosy on the skin of his 1body, athen he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests.

3 “The priest shall look at the mark on the skin of the 1body, and if the hair in the infection has turned white and the infection appears to be deeper than the skin of his 1body, it is an infection of leprosy; when the priest has looked at him, he shall pronounce him unclean.

4 “But if the bright spot is white on the skin of his 1body, and 2it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and the hair on it has not turned white, then the priest shall 3isolate him who has the infection for seven days.

5 “The priest shall look at him on the seventh day, and if in his eyes the infection 1has not changed and the infection has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall 2isolate him for seven more days.

6 “The priest shall look at him again on the seventh day, and if the infection has faded and the mark has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is only a scab. And he shall awash his clothes and be clean.

7 “But if the scab spreads farther on the skin after he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall appear again to the priest.

8 “The priest shall look, and if the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is leprosy.

9 “When the infection of leprosy is on a man, then he shall be brought to the priest.

10 “The priest shall then look, and if there is a awhite swelling in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is quick raw flesh in the swelling,

11 it is 1a chronic leprosy on the skin of his 2body, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean; he shall not 3isolate him, for he is unclean.

12 “If the leprosy breaks out farther on the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of him who has the infection from his head even to his feet, 1as far as the priest can see,

13 then the priest shall look, and behold, if the leprosy has covered all his 1body, he shall pronounce clean him who has the infection; it has all turned white and he is clean.

14 “But whenever raw flesh appears on him, he shall be unclean.

15 “The priest shall look at the raw flesh, and he shall pronounce him unclean; the raw flesh is unclean, it is leprosy.

16 “Or if the raw flesh turns again and is changed to white, then he shall acome to the priest,

17 and the priest shall look at him, and behold, if the infection has turned to white, then the priest shall pronounce clean him who has the infection; he is clean.

18 “When the 1body has a boil on its skin and it is healed,

19 and in the place of the boil there is a white swelling or a reddish-white, bright spot, then it shall be shown to the priest;

20 and the priest shall look, and behold, if 1it appears to be lower than the skin, and the hair on it has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is the infection of leprosy, it has broken out in the boil.

21 “But if the priest looks at it, and behold, there are no white hairs in it and it is not lower than the skin and is faded, then the priest shall 1isolate him for seven days;

22 and if it spreads farther on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is an infection.

23 “But if the bright spot remains in its place and does not spread, it is only the scar of the boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

24 “Or if the 1body sustains in its skin a burn by fire, and the raw flesh of the burn becomes a bright spot, reddish-white, or white,

25 then the priest shall look at it. And if the hair in the bright spot has aturned white and it appears to be deeper than the skin, it is leprosy; it has broken out in the burn. Therefore, the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is an infection of leprosy.

26 “But if the priest looks at it, and indeed, there is no white hair in the bright spot and it is no 1deeper than the skin, but is dim, then the priest shall 2isolate him for seven days;

27 and the priest shall look at him on the seventh day. If it spreads farther in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is an infection of leprosy.

28 “But if the bright spot remains in its place and has not spread in the skin, but is dim, it is the swelling from the burn; and the priest shall pronounce him clean, for it is only the scar of the burn.

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