27 Again, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,2 “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘When a man makes a [a]special vow [consecrating himself or a member of his family], he shall be valued according to your [established system of] valuation of people belonging to the Lord [that is, the priest accepts from the man making the vow a specified amount of money for the temple treasury in place of the actual person].3 If your valuation is of a male between twenty and sixty years of age, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary.4 Or if the person is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels.5 If the person is between five years and twenty years of age, then your valuation for the male shall be twenty shekels and for the female ten shekels.6 But if the child is between one month and five years of age, then your valuation shall be five shekels of silver for the male and three shekels for the female.
Leviticus 27:2Or explicit. A man could consecrate (dedicate) himself to the Lord or he could consecrate another family member, his house, his property, his animals, his field, or other possession. The priest set an established value on the person, animal, or property and the man paid the set amount instead of transferring ownership. Consecrating someone or something to the Lord was not the same as “devoting” or “setting apart” something to the Lord (see vv 21, 28).
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