Leviticus: Unit VI (Ch. 12)

[12]1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a woman at childbirth (Heb. tazria>, lit. brings forth seed.) bears a male, she shall be unclean seven days; she shall be unclean as at the time of her menstrual infirmity. 3On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4She shall remain in a state of blood purification (Meaning of Heb. uncertain ) for thirty-three days: she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until her period of purification is completed.

5If she bears a female, she shall be unclean two weeks as during her menstruation, and she shall remain in a state of blood purification (Meaning of Heb. uncertain ) for sixty-six days.

6On the completion of her period of purification, for either son or daughter, she shall bring to the priest, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, a lamb in its first year for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering. (See note at 4.3.) 7He shall offer it before the Lord and make expiation on her behalf; she shall then be clean from her flow of blood. Such are the rituals concerning her who bears a child, male or female.

8If, however, her means do not suffice for a sheep, she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. The priest shall make expiation on her behalf, and she shall be clean.