Leviticus 12

Purification After Childbirth

1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period.
3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised.
4 Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over.
5 If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.
6 “ ‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering.[a]
7 He shall offer them before the LORD to make atonement for her, and then she will be ceremonially clean from her flow of blood. “ ‘These are the regulations for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl.
8 But if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’ ”

Cross References 9

  • 1. Leviticus 15:19; Leviticus 18:19; Isaiah 64:6; Ezekiel 18:6; Ezekiel 22:10; Ezekiel 36:17
  • 2. S Exodus 22:30
  • 3. S Genesis 17:10; Genesis 17:12; S Luke 1:59; Luke 2:21
  • 4. Luke 2:22
  • 5. Exodus 29:38; Leviticus 23:12; Numbers 6:12,14; Numbers 7:15
  • 6. Leviticus 5:7
  • 7. S Genesis 15:9; Leviticus 14:22
  • 8. Leviticus 5:7; Luke 2:22-24*
  • 9. S Leviticus 4:26

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "purification offering" ; also in verse 8

Leviticus 12 Commentaries

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