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27 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 2 “Tell the sons of Israel, When a man takes a special vow to Jehovah in terms of valuation of persons, 3 for the valuation of a male from twenty years old to sixty the valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver of the sacred standard; 4 and if it be a female the valuation shall be thirty shekels. 5 And if from five years old to twenty, the valuation of a male shall be twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels. 6 And if from a month old to five years, the valuation of a male shall be five shekels of silver, and the valuation for a female three shekels of silver. 7 And if from sixty years old up, if a male the valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels. 8* And if he be too impoverished for the valuation he shall set the person before the priest and the priest shall assess him; the priest shall assess him in proportion to the vower’s ability. 9 “And if it be a beast of a sort they present an oblation to Jehovah of, everything he gives to Jehovah of that shall be sacred. 10 He shall not throw it out nor substitute for it, worse for better or better for worse; and if he does substitute beast for beast, then it and its substitute shall be sacred. 11 And if any unclean beast of a sort they do not present an oblation to Jehovah of, he shall set the beast before the priest 12 and the priest shall assess it as better or as worse; according to the priest’s valuation, so it shall be; 13 and if he redeem it he shall add a fifth to the valuation. 14 “And when a man hallows his house as sacred to Jehovah, the priest shall assess it as better or as worse; as the priest assesses it, so it shall stand; 15 and if the hallower redeems his house, he shall add a fifth of the silver equivalent of the valuation to it, and it shall be his. 16 “And if a man hallows to Jehovah any of his property in land, the valuation shall be in proportion to the seed for it, land seeded with ten bushels of barley at fifty shekels of silver. 17 If he hallows from the ram-horn year, it shall stand at the valuation, 18 but if he hallows his land after the ram-horn the priest shall calculate the money for him in proportion to the years that are left till ram-horn year, and a discount shall be made from the valuation. 19 And if the hallower of the land redeem it, he shall add a fifth of the silver equivalent of the valuation to it, and have a clear title; 20 but if he does not redeem the land, and if he sells the land to another man, it shall not be redeemed thenceforth, 21 and when the land passes out at the ram-horn it shall be sacred to Jehovah like deodand land: the priest shall have it as his property. 22 “And if he hallows to Jehovah his acquired land, not a part of his own property, 23 the priest shall calculate for him the prorating of the valuation up to ram-horn year, and he shall give the valuation on that day as sacred to Jehovah; 24 and at the ram-horn year the land shall go back to the one he bought it from, the one to whom the proprietorship in the country belongs. 25 “And every valuation shall be by the sacred standard shekel: the shekel shall be twenty gerahs. 26 “Only a firstborn which comes firstborn for Jehovah among cattle no man shall hallow: if a bull, if a sheep or goat, it belongs to Jehovah; 27 and if among unclean cattle he shall ransom it at the valuation and add a fifth to it, and if not redeemed it shall be sold at the valuation. 28 “Only any deodand that a man devotes as such to Jehovah out of anything that belongs to him, of humankind and cattle and of his property in land, shall neither be sold nor redeemed: every deodand is holiest of the holy to Jehovah. 29 Any deodand that is devoted out of humankind shall not be ransomed, it must be put to death. 30 “And all the tithe of the ground, of seed of the ground, of fruit of the tree, belongs to Jehovah as sacred to Jehovah; 31 and if a man redeem any of his tithe he shall add a fifth to it. 32 And in all tithe of horned cattle and sheep and goats, everyone that passes under the rod tenth shall be sacred to Jehovah: 33 one shall not examine as to its being good or bad, nor substitute for it; and if one does substitute for it, then it and its substitute shall be sacred, unredeemable.” 34 These are the commandments Jehovah enjoined on Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.
27:8 Lit. set him before