The LORD said to Moses,
121"When you take the census of the people of Israel, then each shall give 2a ransom for his life to the LORD when you number them, that there be no plague among them when you number them.
Each one who is numbered in the census shall give this: half a shekela according to the 3shekel of the sanctuary (the 4shekel is twenty gerahs),b5half a shekel as an offering to the LORD.
Everyone who is numbered in the census, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the LORD's offering.
The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than 6the half shekel, when you give the LORD's offering to make atonement for your lives.
You shall take the atonement money from the people of Israel and shall 7give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may bring the people of Israel to 8remembrance before the LORD, so as to make atonement for your lives."