Laws of Motherhood
1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying:
`When a woman gives F129 birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as R292 in the days of her F130 menstruation she shall be unclean. 3 `On the R293 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 menstruation; F131 and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days.
6 `When R294 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 for R295 a sin offering. 7 `Then he shall offer it before the LORD and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the flow F132 of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, whether a male or a female. 8 `But if she F133 cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two R296 turtledoves or two young pigeons, the R297 one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest R298 shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.' "
F129: Lit produces seed
F130: Lit the impurity of her sickness
F131: Lit impurity
F132: Lit fountain
F133: Lit her hand does not find a sufficiency of a lamb
R292: Leviticus 15:19; 18:19
R293: Genesis 17:12; Luke 1:59; 2:21
R294: Luke 2:22
R295: Leviticus 5:7
R296: Luke 2:22-24
R297: Leviticus 5:7
R298: Leviticus 4:26