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What does it mean to "redeem" the firstborn male Hebrews?

Verse 15: "When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons."

Exodus 13:1 - 22

ESV - 1 The Lord said to Moses. 2 "Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine."

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1390154224 Sandra Atueyi

According to the term, "redeem" is "to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom."

February 16 2014 Report

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