The Daughters of Zelophehad

27 Then drew near the daughters of xZelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of Manasseh the son of Joseph. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.  And they stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the chiefs and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, saying,  “Our father ydied in the wilderness. He was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord zin the company of Korah, but adied for his own sin. And he had no sons.  Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? bGive to us a possession among our father’s brothers.”

 Moses cbrought their case before the Lord.  And the Lord said to Moses,  “The daughters of Zelophehad dare right. eYou shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them.  And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.  And if he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers.  10 And if he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers.  11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest fkinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. And it shall be for the people of Israel ga statute and rule, as the Lord commanded Moses.’ ”

 Joshua to Succeed Moses

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Go up into hthis mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel.  13 When you have seen it, you also ishall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was,  14 jbecause you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing kto uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are lthe waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)  15 Moses spoke to the Lord, saying,  16 “Let the Lord, mthe God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation  17 who nshall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be oas sheep that have no shepherd.”  18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take pJoshua the son of Nun, a man qin whom is the Spirit, and rlay your hand on him.  19 Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall scommission him in their sight.  20 You shall invest him with some of your authority, tthat all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey.  21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him uby the judgment of the Urim before the Lord. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the people of Israel with him, the whole congregation.”  22 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation,  23 and he laid his hands on him and scommissioned him as the Lord directed through Moses.

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