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Leviticus 12

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The purification of a woman after childbirth.

12:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

12:2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying,

‘If a woman conceives,
and bears a male child,
then she shall be unclean seven days;
as in the days of her monthly period she shall be unclean.

12:3 In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

12:4 She shall continue in the blood of purification thirty-three days.
She shall not touch any holy thing,
nor come into the sanctuary,
until the days of her purifying are completed.

12:5 But if she bears a female child,
then she shall be unclean two weeks,
as in her period;
and she shall continue in the blood of purification sixty-six days.

Her offerings for her purifying.

12:6 “‘When the days of her purification are completed,
for a son, or for a daughter,
she shall bring to the priest at the door of the Tent of Meeting,
a year old lamb for a burnt offering,
and a young pigeon, or a turtledove,
for a sin offering:

12:7 and he shall offer it before Yahweh,
and make atonement for her;
and she shall be cleansed from the fountain of her blood.
“‘This is the law for her who bears, whether a male or a female.

12:8 If she cannot afford a lamb,
then she shall take two turtledoves, or two young pigeons;
the one for a burnt offering,
and the other for a sin offering:
and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.’”

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