Leviticus 14:22

Overview - Leviticus 14
The rites and sacrifices in cleansing the leper.
33 The signs of leprosy in a house.
48 The cleansing of that house.
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Leviticus 14:22  (King James Version)
And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering.

two turtle doves
{Tor,} the turtle or ring-dove, so called by an onomatopoeia from its cooing, as in Greek [trugon], Latin, {turtur} and English, turtle. It is a species of the dove or
pigeon, here called {yonah,} and in the Syriac {yauno,} from the verb to oppress, afflict, because of its being particularly defenceless, and exposed to rapine and violence. The dove is a genus of birds too well known to need a particular description; and of which there are several species besides the turtle-dove; as the wood pigeon, tame pigeon, and others. The dove is universally allowed to be one of the most beautiful objects in nature. The brilliancy of her plumage, the splendour of her eye, the innocence of her look, the excellence of her dispositions, and the purity of her manners, have been the theme of admiration and praise in every age. To the snowy whiteness of her wings, and the rich golden hues that adorn her neck, the inspired Psalmist alludes in most elegant strains ( Psalms 68:13 .) The voice of the dove is particularly tender and plaintive, and bears a striking resemblance to the groan of a person in distress; to which the inspired bards frequently allude. ( Isaiah 38:14 ; 59:11 ; Ezekiel 7:16 .) Her native dwelling is in the caves or hollows of the
rock; allusions to which fact also occur in the Sacred Writings, ( Solomon 2:14 ; Jeremiah 48:28 .) Her manners are as engaging as her form is elegant, and her plumage rich and beautiful. She is the chosen emblem of simplicity, gentleness, chastity, and feminine timidity, and for this reason, as well as from their abounding in the East, they were probably chosen as offerings by Jehovah. Psalms 68:13 ; Solomon 2:14 ; Isaiah 38:14 ; 59:11 Jeremiah 48:28 ; Ezekiel 7:16