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Dedications
1The Lord said to Moses, 2Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When a person makes a solemn promise to the Lord involving the value of a person, 3if it is the value for a male between 20 and 60 years old, his value is fifty silver shekels according to the sanctuary’s shekel. 4If the person is a female, her value is thirty shekels. 5If the age of the person is between 5 and 20 years, the value for a male is twenty shekels, for a female ten shekels. 6If the age of the person is between one month and 5 years, the value for a male is five silver shekels, for a female three silver shekels. 7If the age of the person is 60 years or more, the value is fifteen shekels if the person is male, ten shekels for a female. 8But if financial difficulty prevents the promise maker from giving the full value, they must set the person before the priest. The priest will assign the person a value according to what the promise maker can afford.
9If a solemn promise involves livestock that can be offered to the Lord, any such animal given to the Lord will be considered holy. 10The promise maker cannot replace or substitute for it, either good for bad or bad for good. But if one should substitute one animal for another, both it and the substitute will be holy. 11If the solemn promise involves any kind of unclean animal that cannot be offered to the Lord, the promise maker must set the animal before the priest. 12The priest will assign it a value, whether high or low.#Or good or bad; also in 27:14 Its value will be what the priest says. 13If the promise maker wishes to buy it back, they must add one-fifth to its value.
14When someone dedicates their house to the Lord as holy, the priest will assign a value to it, whether high or low. The value is fixed, whatever value the priest assigns to it. 15If the one who dedicates the house wishes to buy it back, they must add one-fifth to its valued price, and it will be theirs again.
16If a person dedicates part of the land from their family property to the Lord, the value will be set according to the seed needed to plant it: fifty silver shekels per homer of barley seed. 17If the person dedicates the piece of land during the Jubilee year, its value will stay fixed. 18But if the person dedicates the piece after the Jubilee year, the priest will calculate the price according to the years that are left until the next Jubilee year, and the value will be reduced. 19If the one who dedicates the land wishes to buy it back, they must add one-fifth to its valued price, and it will be theirs again. 20But if they do not buy it back or if it was sold to someone else, it is no longer able to be bought back. 21When the piece of land is released in the Jubilee year, it will be holy to the Lord like a piece of devoted land; it will be the priest’s property. 22If the person dedicates land they purchased to the Lord—land that is not part of their family property—23the priest will calculate the amount of its value until the Jubilee year. The person must pay the value on that day as a holy donation to the Lord. 24In the Jubilee year the piece of land will return to the seller, to the one who is the original owner of the family property. 25Every value will be according to the sanctuary’s shekel. The shekel will be twenty gerahs.
26But note that a person cannot dedicate any oldest offspring from livestock, which already belongs to the Lord because it is the oldest. Whether ox or sheep, it belongs to the Lord. 27If it is an unclean animal, it may be bought back at its value plus twenty percent. If it is not bought back, it will be sold at its set value.
28Also note that everything someone devotes#Or places under the ban (also in 27:29), a technique of holy war, in which all is dedicated to the deity who helps in the battle; it often involved total destruction. to the Lord from their possessions—whether humans, animals, or pieces of land from their family property—cannot be sold or bought back. Every devoted thing is most holy to the Lord. 29No human beings that have been devoted can be bought back; they must be executed.
30All tenth-part gifts#Or tithes from the land, whether of seed from the ground or fruit from the trees, belong to the Lord; they are holy to the Lord. 31If someone wishes to buy back part of their tenth-part gift, they must add one-fifth to it. 32All tenth-part gifts from a herd or flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s staff—will be holy to the Lord. 33The one bringing the tenth-part gift must not pick out the good from the bad, and cannot substitute any animal. But if one should substitute an animal, both it and the substitute will be holy and cannot be bought back.
34These are the commands that the Lord gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.
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