Leviticus 27:1-13 New International Version

Laws concerning Dedications

27 1  The Lord said to Moses, 2  "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value, 3  set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels[1] of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel[2] ; 4  for a female, set her value at thirty shekels[3] ; 5  for a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekels[4] and of a female at ten shekels[5] ; 6  for a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels[6] of silver and that of a female at three shekels[7] of silver; 7  for a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekels[8] and of a female at ten shekels. 8  If anyone making the vow is too poor to pay the specified amount, the person being dedicated is to be presented to the priest, who will set the value according to what the one making the vow can afford. 9  " 'If what they vowed is an animal that is acceptable as an offering to the Lord, such an animal given to the Lord becomes holy. 10  They must not exchange it or substitute a good one for a bad one, or a bad one for a good one; if they should substitute one animal for another, both it and the substitute become holy. 11  If what they vowed is a ceremonially unclean animal-one that is not acceptable as an offering to the Lord-the animal must be presented to the priest, 12  who will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, that is what it will be. 13  If the owner wishes to redeem the animal, a fifth must be added to its value.


Footnotes

[1] 27:3 That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams; also in verse 16

[2] 27:3 That is, about 2/5 ounce or about 12 grams; also in verse 25

[3] 27:4 That is, about 12 ounces or about 345 grams

[4] 27:5 That is, about 8 ounces or about 230 grams

[5] 27:5 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams; also in verse 7

[6] 27:6 That is, about 2 ounces or about 58 grams

[7] 27:6 That is, about 1 1/4 ounces or about 35 grams

[8] 27:7 That is, about 6 ounces or about 175 grams

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