New Living Translation
No person specially set apart for destruction may be bought back. Such a person must 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Nothing devoted, which shall be devoted from among men, shall be ransomed: it shall certainly 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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
27:29 Devoted of men - Not by men, as some would elude It; but of men, for it is manifest both from this and the foregoing verse s, that men are here not the persons devoting, but devoted to destruction, either by God's sentence, as idolaters, Exo 22:20 Deu 23:15, the Canaanites, Deu 20:17, the Amalekites, Deu 25:19, and 1Sam 15:3,26, Benhaded, 1Kings 20:42, or by men, in pursuance of such a sentence of God, as Num 21:2,3 31:17, or for any crime of an high nature, as Jud 21:5 Jos 17:15. But this is not to be generally understood, as some have taken it, as if a Jew might by virtue of this Text, devote his child or his servant to the Lord, and thereby oblige himself to put them to death. For this is expressly limited to all that a man hath, or which is his, that is, which he hath a power over. But the Jews had no power over the lives of their children or servants, but were directly forbidden to take them away, by that great command, thou shalt do no murder. And seeing he that killed his servant casually by a blow with a rod was surely to be punished, as is said, Exo 21:20, it could not be lawful wilfully to take away his life upon pretence of any such vow as this. But for the Canaanites, Amalekites, and c. God the undoubted Lord of all men's lives, gave to the Israelites a power over their persons and lives, and a command to put them to death. And this verse may have a special respect to them or such as them.
"However, anything specially set apart for the LORD--whether a person, an animal, or family property--must never be sold or bought back. Anything devoted in this way has been set apart as holy, and it belongs to the LORD.
"One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy.
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