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What does it mean to redeem a tithe and add a fifth to it?



      

Leviticus 27:31

ESV - 31 If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The Israelites were required by the Law that God gave to them through Moses to give a tithe (that is, one-tenth) of their income to God -- not just with regard to monetary wealth, but also with respect to material goods such as crops and livestock. (This was not only a reflection of gratitude to God for His blessings, but also for the support of the members of the priestly tribe of Levi, who were devoted exclusively to their duties of leading the religious life of the nation, and who thus did not sow crops or produce goods in order to have food and income of their own.) 

As I understand the verse cited in the question, it was saying that, if a person wished to keep a portion of his tithe of any of those material goods for his own use, he could do so, but he was then required to "redeem" it (that is, "buy it back") by adding another 20% (one-fifth) of the amount held back. For example, if a person gave only 5% of a given commodity to God, he had to tithe not only the remaining 5% in cash, but also 1% more, for a total of 6%.

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