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12:1–13:6
L e v itic u s
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The Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of
Israel. If a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son, she will be
ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her menstrual period. On the eighth day the boy’s foreskin must be circumcised.
After waiting ­thirty-­three days, she will be purified from the bleeding of
childbirth. During this time of purification, she must not touch anything
that is set apart as holy. And she must not enter the sanctuary until her
time of purification is over. If a woman gives birth to a daughter, she will
be ceremonially unclean for two weeks, just as she is unclean during her
menstrual period. After waiting s­ ixty-­six days, she will be purified from
the bleeding of childbirth.
“When the time of purification is completed for either a son or a daughter, the woman must bring a ­one-­year-­old lamb for a burnt offering and a
young pigeon or turtledove for a purification offering. She must bring her
offerings to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle. The priest will
then present them to the Lord to purify her. Then she will be ceremonially clean again after her bleeding at childbirth. These are the instructions
for a woman after the birth of a son or a daughter.
“If a woman cannot afford to bring a lamb, she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons. One will be for the burnt offering and the
other for the purification offering. The priest will sacrifice them to purify
her, and she will be ceremonially clean.”
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “If anyone has a swelling or a rash or
discolored skin that might develop into a serious skin disease, that person
must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons. The priest will
examine the affected area of the skin. If the hair in the affected area has
turned white and the problem appears to be more than s­ kin-­deep, it is a
serious skin disease, and the priest who examines it must pronounce the
person ceremonially unclean.
“But if the affected area of the skin is only a white discoloration and
does not appear to be more than ­skin-­deep, and if the hair on the spot
has not turned white, the priest will quarantine the person for seven days.
On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds
the affected area has not changed and the problem has not spread on the
skin, the priest will quarantine the person for seven more days. On the
seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds the affected area has faded and has not spread, the priest will pronounce the





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