רָאוּהוּ בֵית דִּין וְכָל יִשְׂרָאֵל, נֶחְקְרוּ הָעֵדִים, וְלֹא הִסְפִּיקוּ לוֹמַר מְקֻדָּשׁ, עַד שֶׁחֲשֵׁכָה, הֲרֵי זֶה מְעֻבָּר. רָאוּהוּ בֵית דִּין בִּלְבַד, יַעַמְדוּ שְׁנַיִם וְיָעִידוּ בִפְנֵיהֶם, וְיֹאמְרוּ מְקֻדָּשׁ מְקֻדָּשׁ. רָאוּהוּ שְׁלשָׁה וְהֵן בֵּית דִּין, יַעַמְדוּ הַשְּׁנַיִם וְיוֹשִׁיבוּ מֵחַבְרֵיהֶם אֵצֶל הַיָּחִיד וְיָעִידוּ בִפְנֵיהֶם, וְיֹאמְרוּ מְקֻדָּשׁ מְקֻדָּשׁ, שֶׁאֵין הַיָּחִיד נֶאֱמָן עַל יְדֵי עַצְמוֹ:

Even when the court and all of Israel saw the new moon, if they interrogated the witnesses, and didn't have time to declare it sanctified before it became dark; then the month will be ‘impregnated’. If only the court saw it, two of its members must stand up and testify before the others, and say "sanctified, sanctified." If only three, forming a court, saw it, two of them must stand up, and join two of their colleagues with the single one, and testify before them, and say "sanctified, sanctified”, since an individual does not constitute a court by himself.