Contemporary English Version
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.
- 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.