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11 The Lord will give you the land of the Canaanites, just as he promised you and your ancestors. 12 From then on, you must give him every first-born son from your families and every first-born male from your animals, because these belong to him. 13 You can save the life of a first-born donkey[a] by sacrificing a lamb; if you don’t, you must break the donkey’s neck. You must save every first-born son.

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Footnotes

  1. 13.13 donkey: This was the only “unclean” animal that had to be saved; the first-born of all “clean” animals (sheep, goats, cattle) had to be sacrificed. Donkeys were important because they were the basic means of transportation.

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