Chapter 12

Commentary for Leviticus 12

Ceremonial purification.

- After the laws concerning clean and unclean food, come the laws concerning clean and unclean persons. Man imparts his depraved nature to his offspring, so that, excepting as the atonement of Christ and the sanctification of the Spirit prevent, the original blessing, "Increase and multiply," #Ge 1:28|, is become to the fallen race a direful curse, and communicates sin and misery. Let those women who have received mercy from God in child-bearing, with all thankfulness own God's goodness to them; and this shall please the Lord better than sacrifices.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Leviticus 12

  • Bruce on Leviticus 12
    Context Gives The Meaning of a Word Most of The Time. They Knew Turtle =Turtle-dove / Like Lead, Made, Maid, Weight, Wait, leaves Etc. Content Gives Meaning.
  • Audrey Leschinski on Leviticus 12
    Verse 8 of Lev. 12 reads: And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

    There must be an error in translation or transcription because the TURTLE is an unclean offering. she shall bring 2 TURTLEDOVES, perhaps?
  • Darrell IBMs on Leviticus 12
    Insight777 "Moses brought the man made laws but Jesus brings truth." The laws of Moses were directly from God. Do not see how they can be consider man made.
  • Insight777 on Leviticus 12
    When Jesus, the Son of God, was born he was without blemish, spot or blame and so was Mary, that is why God chose her. God never viewed his SON as needing a blood sacrifice on an altar to make him acceptable by God! No innocent sheep or bird had to be murdered so Jesus would be clean. The same goes for Mary! A baby sheep did not save mankind! Moses brought the man made laws but Jesus brings truth.
  • Maranatha on Leviticus 12
    Reference to verses 3-4 and in Luke 2:21-22 we see Jesus as a child sympathies with all children. He is truly salvation for all. Praise God!
  • Beverley Johnson on Leviticus 12
    Leviticus Chapter 12 teaches that newborn babies should be quarantined for a period before being exposed to the public. The same teachings apply to women at certain times. The purification for newborns was practised in my rural community in earlier years.
  • Createams on Leviticus 12
    1-7 I believe this is the Grace and Glory of God that we should learn by the law; and 8 to make it as easy as possible for us to abide by or in the law.
  • Paul on Leviticus 12
    I love this Chapter. I read it to my Wife many times. I laugh much, she laughs little. About half as much.
  • Trent on Leviticus 12
    The King James Version has always had it translated as turtles. Other translations differ, which you can see by clicking the hyperlinked verse 8.
  • Sean on Leviticus 12
    and that's ALL that you see wrong with this!?


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