Redeeming Persons and Property Dedicated to God
1Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ⚓‘When a man consecrates by a vow certain persons to the Lord, according to your valuation,
3if your valuation is of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, ⚓according to the shekel of the sanctuary.
4If it is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels;
5and if from five years old up to twenty years old, then your valuation for a male shall be twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels;
6and if from a month old up to five years old, then your valuation for a male shall be five shekels of silver, and for a female your valuation shall be three shekels of silver;
7and if from sixty years old and above, if it is a male, then your valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
8‘But if he is too poor to pay your valuation, then he shall present himself before the priest, and the priest shall set a value for ⚓him; according to the ability of him who vowed, the priest shall value him.
9‘If it is an animal that men may bring as an offering to the Lord, all that anyone gives to the Lord shall be holy.
10He shall not substitute it or exchange it, good for bad or bad for good; and if he at all exchanges animal for animal, then both it and the one exchanged for it shall be ⚓holy.
11If it is an unclean animal which they do not offer as a sacrifice to the Lord, then he shall present the animal before the priest;
12and the priest shall set a value for it, whether it is good or bad; as you, the priest, value it, so it shall be.
13⚓But if he wants at all to redeem it, then he must add one-fifth to your valuation.
14‘And when a man dedicates his house to be holy to the Lord, then the priest shall set a value for it, whether it is good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand.
15If he who dedicated it wants to redeem his house, then he must add one-fifth of the money of your valuation to it, and it shall be his.
16‘If a man dedicates to the Lord part of a field of his possession, then your valuation shall be according to the seed for it. A homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver.
17If he dedicates his field from the Year of Jubilee, according to your valuation it shall stand.
18But if he dedicates his field after the Jubilee, then the priest shall ⚓reckon to him the money due according to the years that remain till the Year of Jubilee, and it shall be deducted from your valuation.
19And if he who dedicates the field ever wishes to redeem it, then he must add one-fifth of the money of your valuation to it, and it shall belong to him.
20But if he does not want to redeem the field, or if he has sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed anymore;
21but the field, ⚓when it is released in the Jubilee, shall be holy to the Lord, as a ⚓devoted field; it shall be ⚓the possession of the priest.
22‘And if a man dedicates to the Lord a field which he has bought, which is not the field of ⚓his possession,
23then the priest shall reckon to him the worth of your valuation, up to the Year of Jubilee, and he shall give your valuation on that day as a holy offering to the Lord.
24⚓In the Year of Jubilee the field shall return to him from whom it was bought, to the one who owned the land as a possession.
25And all your valuations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: ⚓twenty gerahs to the shekel.
26‘But the ⚓firstborn of the animals, which should be the Lord’s firstborn, no man shall dedicate; whether it is an ox or sheep, it is the Lord’s.
27And if it is an unclean animal, then he shall redeem it according to your valuation, and ⚓shall add one-fifth to it; or if it is not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to your valuation.
28⚓‘Nevertheless no devoted offering that a man may devote to the Lord of all that he has, both man and beast, or the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted offering is most holy to the Lord.
29⚓No person under the ban, who may become doomed to destruction among men, shall be redeemed, but shall surely be put to death.
30And ⚓all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.
31⚓If a man wants at all to redeem any of his tithes, he shall add one-fifth to it.
32And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever ⚓passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.
33He shall not inquire whether it is good or bad, ⚓nor shall he exchange it; and if he exchanges it at all, then both it and the one exchanged for it shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.’ ”
34⚓These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel on Mount ⚓Sinai.