Leviticus 12:1–8

The Ritual After Childbirth

12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If a awoman has conceived, and borne a male child, then bshe shall be 1unclean seven days; cas in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean. And on the deighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. She shall then continue in the blood of her purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any 2hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary until the days of her purification are fulfilled.

‘But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her customary impurity, and she shall continue in the blood of her purification sixty-six days.

e‘When the days of her purification are fulfilled, whether for a son or a daughter, she shall bring to the priest a flamb 3of the first year as a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove as a gsin offering, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Then he shall offer it before the Lord, and make 4atonement for her. And she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who has borne a male or a female.

h‘And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons—one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering. iSo the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be 5clean.’ ”

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