Bible: Ex 30:11-16


The Ransom Money


The Lord spoke to Moses: 2  30:12 When you take a census 3  of the Israelites according to their number, 4  then each man is to pay a ransom 5  for his life to the Lord when you number them, 6  so that there will be no plague among them when you number them. 30:13 Everyone who crosses over to those who are numbered 7  is to pay this: a half shekel 8  according to the shekel of the sanctuary 9  (a shekel weighs twenty gerahs). The half shekel is to be an offering 10  to the Lord. 30:14 Everyone who crosses over to those numbered, from twenty years old and up, is to pay an offering to the Lord. 30:15 The rich are not to increase it, 11  and the poor are not to pay less than the half shekel when giving 12  the offering of the Lord, to make atonement 13  for your lives. 30:16 You are to receive the atonement money 14  from the Israelites and give it for the service 15  of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial 16  for the Israelites before the Lord, to make atonement 17  for your lives.”

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