Numbers 18:16
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New International Version
When they are a month old, you must redeem them at the redemption price set at five shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs.

King James Bible
And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.

Darby Bible Translation
And those that are to be ransomed from a month old shalt thou ransom, according to thy valuation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.

World English Bible
You shall redeem those who are to be redeemed of them from a month old, according to your estimation, for five shekels of money, after the shekel of the sanctuary (the same is twenty gerahs).

Young's Literal Translation
And their ransomed ones from a son of a month, thou dost ransom with thy valuation, of silver, five shekels, by the shekel of the sanctuary, twenty gerahs it is.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Shalt thou redeem - for the money of five shekels - Redemption of the first-born is one of the rites which is still practiced among the Jews. According to Leo of Modena, it is performed in the following manner: -

When the child is thirty days old, the father sends for one of the descendants of Aaron: several persons being assembled on the occasion, the father brings a cup containing several pieces of gold and silver coin. The priest then takes the child into his arms, and addressing himself to the mother, says: Is this thy son?

Mother. Yes.

Priest. Hast thou never had another child, male or female, a miscarriage or untimely birth?

Mother. No.

Priest. This being the case, this child, as first-born, belongs to me.

Then, turning to the father, he says: If it be thy desire to have this child, thou must redeem it.

Father. I present thee with this gold and silver for this purpose.

Priest. Thou dost wish, therefore, to redeem the child?

Father. I do wish so to do.

The priest then, turning himself to the assembly, says: Very well; this child, as first-born, is mine, as it is written in Bemidbar, (Numbers 18:16), Thou shalt redeem the first-born of a month old for five shekels, but I shall content myself with this in exchange. He then takes two gold crowns, or thereabouts, and returns the child to his parents.

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shalt thou redeem. Redemption of the firstborn is one of the rites which are still practised among the Jews. According to Leo of Modena, it is performed in the following manner:-When the child is thirty days old, the father sends for one of the descendants of Aaron: several persons being assembled on the occasion, the father brings a cup, containing several pieces of gold and silver coin. The priest then takes the child into his arms, and addressing himself to the mother, he says,

1Is this thy son?' Mother. `Yes' Priest. `Hast thou never had another child, male or female, a miscarriage, or untimely birth?' Mother. `No' Priest. `this being the case, this child, as firstborn, belongs to me.' Then turning to his father, he says, If it be thy desire to have this child, thou must redeem it.' Father. `I present thee with this gold and silver for this purpose.' Priest. `Thou dost wish, therefore, to redeem this child?' Father. `I do wish so to do.' The priest then turning himself to the assembly, says, `Very well: this child, as first-born, is mine; as it is written in Bemidbar, Thou shall redeem the first-born of a month old for five shekels; but I shall content myself with this in

Exodus change.' He then takes two gold crowns, or thereabouts, and returns the child to his parents. according.

Numbers 3:47 You shall even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shall you take them...

Leviticus 27:2-7 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When a man shall make a singular vow...

which is

Exodus 30:13 This they shall give, every one that passes among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary...

Leviticus 27:25 And all your estimations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall be the shekel.

Ezekiel 45:12 And the shekel shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five and twenty shekels, fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh.

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Service a Gift
... I have given your priest's office unto you as a service of gift.'--NUM. xviii. 7. All Christians are priests--to offer sacrifices, alms, especially prayers; to make God known to men. I. Our priesthood is a gift of God's love. We are apt to think of our duties as burdensome. They are an honour and a mark of God's grace. 1. They are His gift-- (a) The power to do. All capacities and possessions from Him. (b) The wish to do. 'Worketh in you to will.' (c) The right to do, through Christ. 2.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Numbers
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 38:24
The total amount of the gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuary was 29 talents and 730 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel.

Leviticus 27:3
set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel;

Leviticus 27:6
for a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels of silver and that of a female at three shekels of silver;

Leviticus 27:25
Every value is to be set according to the sanctuary shekel, twenty gerahs to the shekel.

Numbers 3:46
To redeem the 273 firstborn Israelites who exceed the number of the Levites,

Numbers 3:47
collect five shekels for each one, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs.

Numbers 18:15
The first offspring of every womb, both human and animal, that is offered to the LORD is yours. But you must redeem every firstborn son and every firstborn male of unclean animals.

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