J² L¹ 1-5. Ordinances. L² 6-8. Offerings.
L¹ l 1,2-. Man child. m -2,3. Separation (7 days). n 4. Continuance (33 days). l 5-. Maid child. m -5-. Separation (14 days). n -5. Continuance (66 days).
1: And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2: "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child:
then she shall be unclean seven days (see v.5); according to the days (cp. 15:19) of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
3: And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. (See note on "leprosy" 13:2.)
4: And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying thirty three days (half the period of a maid-child. See v.5. 7 + [3 x 11] = 40 = spiritual perfection plus Divine perfection times disorganization = Divine order applied to earthly things. Hence the number of probation.); she shall touch no hallowed thing (see Ex.3:5), nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.
5: But if she bear a maid child,
then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation:
and she shall continue in the blood of her purification (i.e. pure blood as distinct from the other) sixty six days. (Double that of a man child. See v.4. 14 + 66 = 80. This ordinance was not on account of any disparity between the sexes, but was in order to regulate them, so that birth-rate of females might not be too great in excess, as it otherwise would have been, and is, where this ordinance is not known or observed.)