Bible: Exodus 30:12-16

30:12 When you take a census 1  of the Israelites according to their number, 2  then each man is to pay a ransom 3  for his life to the Lord when you number them, 4  so that there will be no plague among them when you number them. 30:13 Everyone who crosses over to those who are numbered 5  is to pay this: a half shekel 6  according to the shekel of the sanctuary 7  (a shekel weighs twenty gerahs). The half shekel is to be an offering 8  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, 9  and the poor are not to pay less than the half shekel when giving 10  the offering of the Lord, to make atonement 11  for your lives. 30:16 You are to receive the atonement money 12  from the Israelites and give it for the service 13  of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial 14  for the Israelites before the Lord, to make atonement 15  for your lives.”

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