Devotions for a vow
The devotion of a person to God
Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, When a man 1makes
a special avow
to Jehovah, it shall be according to your 2valuation
If your valuation is for the 1male
from twenty years old even to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver according to the ashekel
of the sanctuary.
And if it is for a 1female
, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels.
And if it is for one aged from 1five
years old even to twenty years old, then your valuation for the male shall be twenty shekels and for the female ten shekels.
And if it is for one aged from a 1month
old even to five years old, then your valuation for the male shall be afive
shekels of silver, and for the female your valuation shall be three shekels of silver.
And if it is for one aged from 1sixty
years old and upward, if it is for a male, then your valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels.
But if it is for him who is poorer than your valuation, then he shall be set before the priest, and the priest shall value him; according to the 1means
of the one who vowed, the priest shall value him.
The devotion of an animal to God
And if it is for an animal which may be presented to Jehovah as an offering, anything which may be given to Jehovah shall be 1holy
He may not exchange it or asubstitute
it, either a good one for a bad one or a bad one for a good one; but if he does indeed substitute animal for animal, then both it and its substitute shall be holy.
And if his vow is for any 1aunclean
animal, which may not be presented as an offering to Jehovah, then he shall set the animal before the priest,
And the priest shall value it, whether it is good or bad; as you, the priest, value it, so shall it be.
But if he ever redeems it, then he shall add 1aone
-fifth of it to your valuation.
The devotion of a house
And if anyone 1consecrates
his house to be holy to Jehovah, then the 2priest
shall value it, whether it is good or bad; just as the priest values it, so shall it stand.
And if the one who consecrated it redeems his house, then he shall add 1aone
-fifth of the money of your valuation to it, and it shall become his.
The devotion of a field
And if a man consecrates to Jehovah part of a 1field
of his possession, then your valuation shall be according to the 2seed
needed for it: a homer of barley seed at fifty shekels of silver.
If he consecrates his field from the 1year
of jubilee, according to your valuation it shall stand.
But if he consecrates his field after the jubilee, then the priest shall calculate the money 1for
him according to the ayears
which remain until the year of jubilee, and it shall be deducted from your valuation.
And if the one who consecrated the field ever redeems it, then he shall aadd
one-fifth of the money of your valuation to it, and it shall revert to him.
But if he does not redeem the field, or if he has sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed anymore.
But the 1field
, when it goes out in the ajubilee
, shall be holy to Jehovah as a bdevoted
field; its possession shall be the priest’s.
And if he consecrates to Jehovah a field which he has bought that is not part of the field of his possession,
Then the priest shall calculate for him the amount of your valuation until the year of jubilee, and on that day he shall give your valuation as holy to Jehovah.
In the year of jubilee the field shall return to the one from whom he bought it, even to the one to whom the possession of the land belongs.
And every valuation of yours shall be according to the ashekel
of the sanctuary. The shekel shall be twenty gerahs.
The regulations for devotion
However no one shall consecrate the 1firstborn
among animals, which as a afirstborn
already belongs to Jehovah; whether it is an ox or a sheep, it is Jehovah’s.
But if it is consecrated from among 1aunclean
animals, then he shall ransom it according to your valuation and shall add to it bone
-fifth of it. And if it is not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to your valuation.
Nevertheless anything which someone devotes to Jehovah out of all that he has, whether a human or an animal or a field of his possession, it shall not be sold or redeemed. Every devoted thing is 1most
holy to Jehovah.
No human beings who are devoted to destruction shall be ransomed; they shall surely be put to death.
And all the atithe
of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is 1Jehovah
’s; it is holy to Jehovah.
And if anyone redeems any of his tithe, he shall add to it aone
-fifth of it.
And all the tithe of the herd or the flock, whatever passes under the shepherd’s rod, the tenth one shall be holy to Jehovah.
He shall not search whether it is good or bad, nor shall he asubstitute
it; but if he does substitute it at all, then both it and that for which it is substituted shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
These are the commandments which Jehovah commanded Moses on Mount Sinai for the children of Israel.