1 Then the daughtersI of ZelophehadII came forward.III
Zelophehad was sonIV of HepherV son of GileadVI
son of MachirVII son of Manasseh,VIII of the clansIX of Manasseh, son of Joseph.X
The namesXI of his daughters were Mahlah,XII Noah,XIII
Hoglah,XIV Milcah,XV and Tirzah.XVI
2 They stoodXVII beforeXVIII Moses,XIX
XXEleazarXXI the priest,XXII XXIIIthe leaders,XXIV
and allXXV the congregation,XXVI at the entranceXXVII of the tentXXVIII of meeting,XXIX saying,
3 “Our fatherXXX diedXXXI in the wilderness;XXXII he wasXXXIII not amongXXXIV the congregation
of those who gathered themselves togetherXXXV against the LordXXXVI in the congregation of KorahXXXVII but died for his own sin,XXXVIII and he hadXXXIX no sons.
4 Why should the name of our father be taken awayXL fromXLI his clan because he had noXLII son? GiveXLIII to us a possessionXLIV amongXLV our father’s brothers.”XLVI
5 Moses broughtXLVII their caseXLVIII beforeXLIX the Lord.
6 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 7 “The daughters of Zelophehad are rightL in what they are saying;LI you shall indeed letLII them
possessLIII an inheritanceLIV amongLV their father’s brothers and passLVI the inheritance of their father on to them.
8 You shall also speakLVII to the Israelites,LVIII saying: If a manLIX dies and has no son, then you shall pass his inheritance on to his daughter. 9 If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 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 nearestLX kinsmanLXI of his clan, and he shall possessLXII it.
It shall be for the Israelites a statuteLXIII and ordinance,LXIV as the LordLXV commandedLXVI Moses.”
12 The LordLXVII said to Moses, “Go upLXVIII this mountainLXIX of the AbarimLXX range, and seeLXXI the landLXXII that I have given to the Israelites.
13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gatheredLXXIII to your people,LXXIV as your brother AaronLXXV was,LXXVI
14 because you rebelledLXXVII against my wordLXXVIII in the wilderness of ZinLXXIX when the congregation quarreledLXXX with me.
You did not show my holinessLXXXI before their eyesLXXXII at the waters.”LXXXIII (These are the waters of Meribath-kadeshLXXXIV in the wilderness of Zin.)
15 Moses spoke to the Lord,LXXXV saying, 16 “Let the Lord,LXXXVI the GodLXXXVII of the spiritsLXXXVIII of all flesh,LXXXIX
appointXC someoneXCI over the congregation 17 who shall go outXCII beforeXCIII them and come inXCIV beforeXCV them,
who shall lead them outXCVI and bring them in,XCVII so that the congregation of the LordXCVIII may not be like sheepXCIX withoutC a shepherd.”CI
18 So the LordCII said to Moses, “TakeCIII JoshuaCIV son of Nun,CV a man in whom is the spirit, and layCVI your handCVII upon him;
19 have him stand beforeCVIII Eleazar the priest andCIX all the congregation and commissionCX him in their sight.CXI 20 You shall give him some of your authority,CXII so that all the congregation of the Israelites may obey.CXIII
21 But he shall stand beforeCXIV Eleazar the priest, who shall inquireCXV for him by the decisionCXVI of the UrimCXVII beforeCXVIII the Lord;CXIX at his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the Israelites with him, the wholeCXX congregation.”
22 So Moses didCXXI as the LordCXXII commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand beforeCXXIII Eleazar the priest andCXXIV the whole congregation; 23 he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the LordCXXV had directedCXXVI throughCXXVII Moses.
Image credit: “Icon of St. Thirza” by Jim Forest, 2019.