Leviticus 27:29
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New International Version
"'No person devoted to destruction may be ransomed; they are to be put to death.

New Living Translation
No person specially set apart for destruction may be bought back. Such a person must be put to death.

English Standard Version
No one devoted, who is to be devoted for destruction from mankind, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

New American Standard Bible
'No one who may have been set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

King James Bible
None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No person who has been set apart for destruction is to be ransomed; he must be put to death."

International Standard Version
But anyone who is completely devoted from among human beings is not to be ransomed. He is certainly to be put to death.

NET Bible
Any human being who is permanently dedicated must not be ransomed; such a person must be put to death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People dedicated this way cannot be bought back. They must be put to death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Any anathema of men which is devoted shall not be ransomed, but shall surely be put to death.

King James 2000 Bible
No one devoted to destruction, who shall be devoted among men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

American King James Version
None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

American Standard Version
No one devoted, that shall be devoted from among men, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And any consecration that is offered by man, shall not be redeemed, but dying shall die.

Darby Bible Translation
Nothing devoted, which shall be devoted from among men, shall be ransomed: it shall certainly be put to death.

English Revised Version
None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

Webster's Bible Translation
None devoted, which shall be devoted by men, shall be redeemed: but shall surely be put to death.

World English Bible
"'No one devoted, who shall be devoted from among men, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

Young's Literal Translation
'No devoted thing, which is devoted of man, is ransomed, it is surely put to death.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:26-33 Things or persons devoted, are distinguished from things or persons that were only sanctified. Devoted things were most holy to the Lord, and could neither be taken back nor applied to other purposes. Whatever productions they had the benefit, God must be honoured with the tenth of, if it could be applied. Thus they acknowledge God to be the Owner of their land, the Giver of its fruits, and themselves to be his tenants, and dependants upon him. Thus they gave him thanks for the plenty they enjoyed, and besought his favour in the continuance of it. We are taught to honour the Lord with our substance.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed,.... This is said, not of such men as are devoted to the Lord, as in the preceding verse; for it is not said here as there, "none devoted unto the Lord", but of such as are devoted to ruin and destruction, for whom there was no redemption, but they must die; nor is it said, "which is devoted by men, but of men", or from among men; whether they be devoted by God himself, as all idolaters, and particularly the seven nations of the land of Canaan, and especially the Amalekites, who therefore were not to be spared on any account, but to be put to death, Exodus 22:20. So in the Talmud (o), this is interpreted of Canaanitish servants and handmaids; or whether devoted by men to destruction, either by the people of Israel, as their avowed enemies they should take in war, whom, and their cities, they vowed to the Lord they would utterly destroy, Numbers 21:2; and of such Aben Ezra interprets the words of the text; or such as were doomed by the civil magistrates to die for capital crimes, by stoning, burning, strangling, and slaying with the sword. And this sense is given into by many; because the judges kill with many kinds of death, therefore, says Chaskuni, it is said "every devoted thing", as if he should say, with whatsoever of the four kinds of death the judges pass sentence of destruction on a man, he must die that death; so Jarchi and Ben Melech interpret it of such as go out to be slain, i.e. by the decree of the judges; and if one says, his estimation, or the price of him be upon me, he says nothing, it is of no avail:

but shall surely be put to death; as the same writer observes, lo, he goes forth to die, he shall not be redeemed, neither by price nor estimation. The Targum of Jonathan is,"he shall not he redeemed with silver, but with burnt offerings, and holy sacrifices, and petitions of mercy, because he is condemned by a sentence to be slain.''And of either, or of all of these, may the words be understood, and not as they are by some, as if Jewish parents and masters had such a power over their children and servants to devote them to death, or in such a manner devote them, that they were obliged to put them to death; for though they had power in some cases to sell, yet had no power over their lives to take them away, or to devote them to death, which would be a breach of the sixth command, and punishable with death; even a master that accidentally killed his servant did not escape punishment; nay, if he did him any injury, by smiting out an eye, or a tooth, he was obliged to give him his freedom, and much less had he power to take away his life, or devote him to destruction. Some have thought, that it was through a mistaken sense of this law, that Jephthah having made a rash vow sacrificed his daughter, Judges 11:30; but it is a question whether he did or not.

(o) T. Bab. Gittin, fol. 38. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. shall surely be put to death—This announcement imported not that the person was to be sacrificed or doomed to a violent death; but only that he should remain till death unalterably in the devoted condition. The preceding regulations were evidently designed to prevent rashness in vowing (Ec 5:4) and to encourage serious and considerate reflection in all matters between God and the soul (Lu 21:4).

Leviticus 27:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rules about Valuations
28'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. 29'No one who may have been set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.
Cross References
Leviticus 27:28
"'But nothing that a person owns and devotes to the LORD--whether a human being or an animal or family land--may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the LORD.

Leviticus 27:30
"'A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
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None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

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Numbers 21:2,3 And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If you will indeed …

1 Samuel 15:18-23 And the LORD sent you on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy …

which shall be devoted. That is, either that every person devoted to the service of God shall not be redeemed, but die in that devoted state, or, that such as were devoted to death by appointment and law of God, as the Canaanites were, shall be put to death.

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