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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 12

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Uncleanness of Childbirth. 1The LORD said to Moses, 2“Tell the Israelites: When a woman has conceived and gives birth to a boy, she shall be unclean* for seven days, with the same uncleanness as at her menstrual period. i Lv 15, 19 . 3On the eighth day, the flesh of the boy's foreskin shall be circumcised, j Gn 17, 12; Jn 7, 22 . 4and then she shall spend thirty‐three days more in becoming purified of her blood; she shall not touch anything sacred nor enter the sanctuary till the days of her purification are fulfilled. 5If she gives birth to a girl, for fourteen days she shall be as unclean as at her menstruation, after which she shall spend sixty‐six days in becoming purified of her blood.

6“When the days of her purification for a son or for a daughter are fulfilled, k Lk 2, 22 . she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the meeting tent a yearling lamb for a holocaust and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering. 7The priest shall offer them up before the LORD to make atonement for her, and thus she will be clean again after her flow of blood. Such is the law for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl child. 8 * If, however, she cannot afford a lamb, she may take two turtledoves or two pigeons, l Lv 1, 14; Lk 2, 24 . the one for a holocaust and the other for a sin offering. The priest shall make atonement for her, and thus she will again be clean.”

Notes:

i: Lv 15, 19 .

j: Gn 17, 12; Jn 7, 22 .

k: Lk 2, 22 .

l: Lv 1, 14; Lk 2, 24 .

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