Laws concerning Dedications

271 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.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Leviticus 27:1-8

Commentary on Leviticus 27:1-13

(Read Leviticus 27:1-13)

Zeal for the service of God disposed the Israelites, on some occasions, to dedicate themselves or their children to the service of the Lord, in his house for life. Some persons who thus dedicated themselves might be employed as assistants; in general they were to be redeemed for a value. It is good to be zealously affected and liberally disposed for the Lord's service; but the matter should be well weighed, and prudence should direct as to what we do; else rash vows and hesitation in doing them will dishonour God, and trouble our own minds.