Then the LORD said to Moses,
"When you take a census1 of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom2 for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague3 will come on them when you number them.
Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel,a according to the sanctuary shekel,4 which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the LORD.
All who cross over, those twenty years old or more,5 are to give an offering to the LORD.
The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less6 when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives.
Receive the atonement7 money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the Tent of Meeting.8 It will be a memorial9 for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives."