29 July 2014

How much are you worth to God?

Since I'm working on Leviticus 27 in the Every Jot and Tittle Project, I'm updating this post using the current price of silver.

Not much, I'm afraid.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying ... thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old ... fifty shekels of silver....

And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels.

And if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels.

And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver.

And if it be from sixty years old and above; if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels. Leviticus 27:1-7

Here's a table to make it a little easier to see.

The Value of Human Life (in shekels of silver)
Age Sex Value (in Shekels of Silver)
less than one month
(Newborn babies and fetuses)
male 0
female 0
one month to 5 years male 5
female 3
5 to 20 years male 20
female 10
20 to 60 years male 50
female 30
over 60 years male 15
female 10

And here's a graph, showing the same information.

So now you know how much you're worth in shekels of silver. But what would that be in U.S. dollars?

Well a shekel is about 11 grams and a kilogram of silver sells today for about $661.50. So here's the true value of every human life in dollars and cents.

The Value of Human Life (in U.S. dollars)
Age Sex Value (in U.S. dollars)
less than one month
(Newborn babies and fetuses)
male 0
female 0
one month to 5 years male 36.40
female 21.84
5 to 20 years male 145.60
female 72.80
20 to 60 years male 364.00
female 218.40
over 60 years male 109.20
female 72.80

From the graph, a few things are obvious.

  1. People aren't worth much to God.
  2. Males are worth more than females.
    (A female is worth one-half to two-thirds a male depending on age.)
  3. Newborn babies (less than 1 month old) and fetuses are worth nothing at all.

10 comments:

cw1925 said...

"Newborn babies (less than 1 month old) and fetuses are worth nothing at all."
New argument for pro-choice?

busterggi said...

All values are based on estimated ability to kill Amalekites.

skanksta said...

Steve ! I love you man.

What you're doing is both important AND hilarious. This stuff SHOULD defo be in the pro-choice debate ! Your blog is becoming an important resource for humanity. Sorry to lay it on with a trowel, but I love you man!

Busteregg - I really did (literally) lol @ your comment too.

matt311 said...

I wonder what the price would be today, adjusted for inflation over four thousand years...

Clint Burky said...

haha nice visuals mate. Keep up the good work. Your inputs are valuable and a unique edition.

Carolyn Hyppolite said...

I am worth $19,845. Well, at least it's more than my net worth.

Carolyn

http://stillsmallvoices.net/

Alex Parky said...

@matt311 - no such thing as inflation. The bible is the literal word of God translated a bunch of times by unreliable sources and everything in it is true forever and always if I agree with it. God don't know about supply side. PRICE REMAINS THE SAME

Steve Wells said...

You're worth $19,845? According to Lev 27:1-7 no one is worth more than 50 shekels of silver, which would be about $364 U.S. today. Did God make an exception for you, or what?

Carolyn Hyppolite said...

Oh, looks like I misunderstood. $364. Pretty sad. :(

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