THE FOURTH BOOK OF
N U M B E R S
Numbers 36 ©
Moses, being consulted about the daughters of Zelophehad, commands them by God’s order to marry among their father’s tribe, v. 1, etc. A similar common command for all inheriting daughters, 8. The obedience of the daughters of Zelophehad, 10.
AND the 1chief fathers of the families of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spake before Moses, and before the princes, the 2chief fathers of the children of Israel:
And they said, Thea LORD 3commanded 4my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel: andb my lord was 5commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of 6Zelophehad our 7brother unto his daughters.
And if they be 8married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then shall their inheritance be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and shall be put to the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall it be taken from the lot of our inheritance.
And when the 9jubile of the children of Israel shall be, then shall their inheritance be put unto the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.
And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the 10word of the LORD, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph hath said well.
This is the thing which the LORD doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they 11think best; only to the family of the tribe of their father shall they marry.
So shall not the inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe: for every one of the children of Israel shall keep himself to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
12And every daughter, that possesseth an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers.
Neither shall the inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance.
Even as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad:
Forc Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their father's brothers' sons:
And they were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance 13remained in the tribe of the family of their father.
These are the commandments and the judgments, which the LORD commanded by the 14hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.