Leviticus 12

Purification after Childbirth

1The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Tell the Israelites: When a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a male child a she will be
unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
unclean seven days, as she is during the days of her menstrual impurity. c
3The flesh of his foreskin d must be circumcised e on the eighth day. f 4She will continue in purification g from her bleeding h for 33 days. She must not touch any holy thing or go into the sanctuary until completing her days of purification. 5But if she gives birth to a female child, she will be unclean for two weeks as she is during her menstrual impurity. She will continue in purification from her bleeding for 66 days.

6“When her days of purification are complete, whether for a son or daughter, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old male lamb for a
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a
sin offering(s): Or purification offering, the sin offering was the most important OT sacrifice for cleansing from impurities. It provided purification from sin and certain forms of ceremonial uncleanness.
sin
Or purification
offering.
7He will present them before the Lord and make
atone/ atonement: A theological term for God's provision to deal with human sin. In the OT, it primarily means purification. In some contexts forgiveness, pardon, expiation, propitiation, or reconciliation is included. The basis of atonement is substitutionary sacrifice offered in faith. The OT sacrifices were types and shadows of the great and final sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
atonement on her behalf; she will be
clean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
clean from her discharge of blood. This is the law for a woman giving birth, whether to a male or female.
8But if she doesn’t have sufficient means
Lit if her hand cannot obtain what is sufficient
,
o for a sheep, she may take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, p one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin
Or purification
offering. Then the priest will make atonement on her behalf, and she will be clean.”
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