Laws of Motherhood1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: ‘When a woman ▼
▼ Lit produces seedgives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, b as in the days of ▼
▼ Lit the impurity of her sicknessher menstruation she shall be unclean. 3 ‘On d the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 ‘Then she shall remain in the blood of her purification for thirty-three days; she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed. 5 ‘But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her ▼
▼ Lit impuritymenstruation; and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days. 6 ‘ f When the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove g for a sin offering. 7 ‘Then he shall offer it before the Lord and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the ▼
▼ Lit fountainflow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, whether a male or a female. 8 ‘But if ▼
▼ Lit her hand does not find a sufficiency of a lambshe cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take j two turtledoves or two young pigeons, k the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the l priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”
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