Rules concerning Valuations
Again, the LORD
spoke to Moses, saying,
Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, When a man makes a difficult vow, he shall be valued
according to your valuation of persons belonging to the LORD
If your valuation is of the male from twenty years even to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
Or if it is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels.
If it be from five years even to twenty years old then your valuation for the male shall be twenty shekels and for the female ten shekels.
But if they are
from a month even up to five years old, then your valuation shall be five shekels of silver for the male, and for the female your valuation shall be three shekels of silver.
If they are
from sixty years old and upward, if it is a male, then your valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels.
But if he is poorer than your valuation, then he shall be placed before the priest and the priest shall value him; according to the means of the one who vowed, the priest shall value him.
Now if it is an animal of the kind which men can present as an offering to the LORD
, any such that one gives to the LORD
shall be holy.
He shall not replace it or exchange it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good; or if he does exchange animal for animal, then both it and its substitute shall become holy.
If, however, it is any unclean animal of the kind which men do not present as an offering to the LORD
, then he shall place the animal before the priest.
The priest shall value it as either good or bad; as you, the priest, value it, so it shall be.
But if he should ever wish to
redeem it, then he shall add one-fifth of it to your valuation.
Now if a man consecrates his house as holy to the LORD
, then the priest shall value it as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand.
Yet if the one who consecrates it should wish to
redeem his house, then he shall add one-fifth of your valuation price to it, so that it may be his.
Again, if a man consecrates to the LORD
part of the fields of his own property, then your valuation shall be proportionate to the seed needed for it: a homer of barley seed at fifty shekels of silver.
If he consecrates his field as of the year of jubilee, according to your valuation it shall stand.
If he consecrates his field after the jubilee, however, then the priest shall calculate the price for him proportionate to the years that are left until the year of jubilee; and it shall be deducted from your valuation.
If the one who consecrates it should ever wish to redeem the field, then he shall add one-fifth of your valuation price to it, so that it may pass to him.
Yet if he will not redeem the field, but has sold the field to another man, it may no longer be redeemed;
and when it reverts in the jubilee, the field shall be holy to the LORD
, like a field set apart; it shall be for the priest as his property.
Or if he consecrates to the LORD
a field which he has bought, which is not a part of the field of his own property,
then the priest shall calculate for him the amount of your valuation up to the year of jubilee; and he shall on that day give your valuation as holy to the LORD
In the year of jubilee the field shall return to the one from whom he bought it, to whom the possession of the land belongs.
Every valuation of yours, moreover, shall be after the shekel of the sanctuary. The shekel shall be twenty gerahs.
However, a firstborn among animals, which as a firstborn belongs to the LORD
, no man may consecrate it; whether ox or sheep, it is the LORDS
But if it is
among the unclean animals, then he shall redeem it according to your valuation and add to it one-fifth of it; and if it is not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to your valuation.
Nevertheless, anything which a man sets apart to the LORD
out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the fields of his own property, shall not be sold or redeemed. Anything devoted to destruction is most holy to the LORD
No one who may have been set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.
Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORDS
; it is holy to the LORD
If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall add to it one-fifth of it.
For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD
He is not to be concerned whether it is
good or bad, nor shall he exchange it; or if he does exchange it, then both it and its substitute shall become holy. It shall not be redeemed.
These are the commandments which the LORD
commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.