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And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and three score and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;
Numbers 18:15 Every thing that opens the matrix in all flesh, which they bring to the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be yours...
Exodus 13:13 And every firstling of an donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break his neck...
the two hundred. As the number of the Levites was
22,000, and the first-born males of the Israelites were
22,273, there were therefore
372 more of the latter than of the former, which are here ordered to be redeemed. The price of redemption is fixed at five shekels, or about
15s. each, in ver
Numbers 3:47 You shall even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shall you take them...
. This money, amounting to
1365 shekels, equal to F204.
15s. English, was taken of the first-born. There is some difficulty, however, in determining which of the first-born should be redeemed by paying this sum, and which should be exchanged for the Levites; for every Israelite, no doubt, would rather have his first-born redeemed by a Levite, than pay five shekels; and yet some of them must have incurred this expense. Rabbi Solomon Jarchi says, to prevent contention, Moses took
22,000 slips of parchment, and wrote on each a son of Levi, and
273 more, on which he wrote five shekels; then putting them in an urn, and shaking them together, he ordered every one of the first-born to draw out a slip. If he drew out one with the first inscription, he said to him, a Levite hath redeemed thee; but if he drew out one of the latter, he said, pay the price. This is pronounced by Dr. A. Clarke to be a stupid, silly tale; but when we know that the determination by lot was used among the Israelites, it does not seem improbable that it was now resorted to, though we cannot vouch for the accuracy of the detail. This species of redeeming men is referred to by Peter in his
Numbers 1:18,19 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month...
Numbers 3:39-43 All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families...
Strong's ConcordanceAnd for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;
Topical Bible273 Beyond Exceed Excess Firstborn First-born Hundred Israelites Levites Male Price Ransom Ransomed Redeemed Redemption Score Seventy Seventy-three Sons Thirteen Threescore
Numbers Chapter 3 Verse 46
Alphabetical: 273 beyond exceed excess firstborn For in Israel Israelites Levites number of ransom redeem sons the To who
OT Law: Numbers 3:46 For the redemption of the two hundred (Nu Num.)