Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Exodus ~~- chapter 30 of 40 (38 verses.)

Exodus 30:12Wrench

[YAH's angel] says, β€œWhen you take a gross head-count of the children of Israel, simply note the sum [of the members of each tribe].
As you count them, [invite each man to donate a] per-person payment to [fund the work of] YHVH.
[Do not go beyond this simple head count.
Never force taxation. Never number individual people, or]
plagues [will strike] the enumerated people.

Note: Very important: the money was a voluntary contribution, not a mandatory tax.
And this was NOT a registration census, because human inventory enumeration systems (SSN's, national I.D.
numbers, etc.) are forbidden throughout scripture.
It was simply a rough head count.
See Rev 16:2, which is in effect today, where plague[s] (cancer, etc.) descend on the whole world because [almost] everyone has participated in the inventorying of human flesh:
...disgusting and painful sore(s) fall upon the people who have the mark of the Beast.

Other English Bible translations of Exodus 30:12:

Complete Jewish Bible (Sacred Name Version)CJB-SN"When you take a census of the people of Isra’el and register them, each, upon registration, is to pay a ransom for his life to Adonai, to avoid any breakout of plague among them during the time of the census.
New International Version (Sacred Name)NIV-SR'When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay YHVH a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.
New International Readers Version (Sacred Name)NIRV-SN'When you make a list of the people of Israel and count them, they must pay me for their lives at the time they are counted. Then a plague will not come on them when you count them.
New Living Translation (Sacred Name Version)NLT-SN'Whenever you take a census of the people of Israel, each man who is counted must pay a ransom for himself to YHVH. Then there will be no plagues among the people as you count them.
New Revised Standard (Sacred Name Edition)NRSV-SNWhen you take a census of the Israelites to register them, at registration all of them shall give a ransom for their lives to the Adonai, so that no plague may come upon them for being registered.
The Message (Sacred Name Version)MSG-SN'When you take a head count of the Israelites to keep track of them, all must pay an atonement-tax to YHVH for their life at the time of being registered so that nothing bad will happen because of the registration.
Good News Translation (Sacred Name)GNT-SN"When you take a census of the people of Israel, each man is to pay me a price for his life, so that no disaster will come on him while the census is being taken.
New American Standard (Sacred Name Bible)NASB-SN'When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to YHVH, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you number them.
King James Version (unedited)KJVWhen thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.