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Exodus 30:11-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “When you take a [a]census of the sons of Israel [b]to count them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for [c]himself to the Lord, when you [d]count them, so that there will be no plague among them when you [e]count them. 13 This is what everyone who [f]is counted shall give: half a [g]shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a [h]contribution to the Lord. 14 Everyone who [i]is counted, from twenty years old and over, shall give the [j]contribution to the Lord. 15 The rich shall not pay more, and the poor shall not pay less, than the half shekel, when you give the [k]contribution to the Lord to make atonement for [l]yourselves. 16 And you shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and give it for the service of the tent of meeting, so that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for [m]yourselves.”


  1. Exodus 30:12 Lit sum
  2. Exodus 30:12 Lit for their being mustered
  3. Exodus 30:12 Lit his soul
  4. Exodus 30:12 Lit muster
  5. Exodus 30:12 Lit muster
  6. Exodus 30:13 Lit passes over to those who are mustered
  7. Exodus 30:13 A shekel was about 0.5 oz. or 14 gm
  8. Exodus 30:13 Or uplifted offering
  9. Exodus 30:14 See note 1 v 13
  10. Exodus 30:14 Or uplifted offering of the Lord
  11. Exodus 30:15 Or uplifted offering of the Lord
  12. Exodus 30:15 Lit your souls
  13. Exodus 30:16 Lit your souls
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Exodus 30:11-16 New International Version (NIV)

Atonement Money

11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them. 13 Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel,[a] according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the Lord. 14 All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord. 15 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. 16 Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the Lord, making atonement for your lives.”


  1. Exodus 30:13 That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.8 grams; also in verse 15
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