New International Version
All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the LORD.
King James Bible
Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
Every one that passeth among those that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give the heave-offering of Jehovah.
World English Bible
Everyone who passes over to those who are numbered, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the offering to Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
every one passing over unto those numbered, from a son of twenty years and upwards, doth give the heave-offering of Jehovah;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Half a shekel - Each of the Israelites was ordered to give as a ransom for his soul (i.e., for his life) half a shekel, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. From this we may learn,
1. That the life of every man was considered as being forfeited to Divine justice.
2. That the redemption money given, which was doubtless used in the service of the sanctuary, was ultimately devoted to the use and profit of those who gave it.
3. That the standard by which the value of coin was ascertained, was kept in the sanctuary; for this appears to be the meaning of the words, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
4. The shekel is here said to be twenty gerahs. A gerah, according to Maimonides, weighed sixteen barleycorns, a shekel three hundred and twenty of pure silver. The shekel is generally considered to be equal in value to three shillings English; the redemption money, therefore, must be about one shilling and sixpence.
5. The rich were not to give more, the poor not to give less; to signify that all souls were equally precious in the sight of God, and that no difference of outward circumstances could affect the state of the soul; all had sinned, and all must be redeemed by the same price.
6. This atonement must be made that there might be no plague among them, intimating that a plague or curse from God must light on those souls for whom the atonement was not made.
7. This was to be a memorial unto the children of Israel, Exodus 30:16, to bring to their remembrance their past deliverance, and to keep in view their future redemption.
8. St. Peter seems to allude to this, and to intimate that this mode of atonement was ineffectual in itself, and only pointed out the great sacrifice which, in the fullness of time, should be made for the sin of the world. "Ye know," says he, "that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world," etc.; 1 Peter 1:18, 1 Peter 1:19, 1 Peter 1:20.
9. Therefore all these things seem to refer to Christ alone, and to the atonement made by his blood; and upon him who is not interested in this atonement, God's plagues must be expected to fall.
Reader, acquaint now thyself with God and be at peace, and thereby good shall come unto thee.
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Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the LORD.
The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives.
You and Aaron are to count according to their divisions all the men in Israel who are twenty years old or more and able to serve in the army.
All the people of the land will be required to give this special offering to the prince in Israel.
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