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Exodus 34:19-20

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34:19 “Every firstborn of the womb 1  belongs to me, even every firstborn 2  of your cattle that is a male, 3  whether ox or sheep. 34:20 Now the firstling 4  of a donkey you may redeem with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, then break its neck. 5  You must redeem all the firstborn of your sons.

“No one will appear before me empty-handed. 6 

1 tn Heb “everything that opens the womb.”

2 tn Here too: everything that “opens [the womb].”

3 tn The verb basically means “that drops a male.” The verb is feminine, referring to the cattle.

4 tn Heb “and the one that opens [the womb of] the donkey.”

5 sn See G. Brin, “The Firstling of Unclean Animals,” JQR 68 (1971): 1-15.

6 tn The form is the adverb “empty.”



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