"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."
Then the LORD said to Moses,
"Make a bronze basin,10 with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet11 with water12 from it.
Whenever they enter the Tent of Meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die.13 Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting an offering made to the LORD by fire,
they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance14 for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come."15