The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 2:22
And when the days of purification…
Of the Virgin Mary,
the mother of our Lord; though most copies read, "of their
purification"; and so read the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic
versions, including both Mary and Jesus: and now, though Mary was
not polluted by the conception, bearing, and bringing forth of
Jesus, that holy thing born of her; yet inasmuch as she was in the
account of the law clean; and though Jesus had no impurity in his
nature, yet seeing he was made sin for his people, both came under
this law of purification, which was for the sake of the son or
daughter, as well as for the mother; though our reading, and which
is according to the Complutensian edition, best agrees with the
Hebrew phrase, (hrxj ymy) , the days of her purifying or purification,
in (Leviticus 12:4,6)
according to the law of Moses,
in (Leviticus 12:1-8) .
which for a son were forty days: the seven first
days after she gave birth she was unclean; and then she continued three
and thirty days in the blood of her purifying, which made forty; see
(Leviticus 12:2,4) but though the time of her purifying was upon the fortieth
day, yet it was not till the day following that she came to the temple
with her offering: for so runs the Jewish canon F23;
``a new mother does not bring her offering on the
fortieth day for a male, nor on the eightieth day for a
female, but after her sun is set: and she brings her
offering on the morrow, which is the forty first for a
male, and the eighty first for a female: and this is the
day of which it is said, (Leviticus 12:6) and "when the days of
her purifying are fulfilled for a son, or for a daughter,
she shall bring"…''
And this was the time when they, Joseph and Mary, brought him, the
child Jesus, to Jerusalem, and to the temple there, to present him
to the Lord, to the priest his representative; and which was done in
the eastern gate, called the gate of Nicanor: F24 for here,
``they made women, suspected of adultery, to drink, and
purified new mothers, and cleansed the lepers.''
And here Mary appeared with her firstborn son, the true Messiah;
and this was the first time of his coming into his temple, as was
foretold, (Malachi 3:1)
F23 Maimon. Hilch Mechosre Cappara, c. 1. sect. 5.
F24 Misn. Sota, c. 1. sect. 5.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 2:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=lu&chapter=002&verse=022>. 1999.