1 The headsA of the ancestralB houses of the clansC
of the descendantsD of GileadE sonF of MachirG
son of Manasseh,H of the JosephiteI clans, came forwardJ and spokeK in the presence ofL
MosesM andN the leaders,O the heads of the ancestral houses of the Israelites;P
2 they said, “The LordQ commandedR my lordS to giveT
the landU for inheritanceV by lotW to the Israelites, and my lordX was commanded by the LordY
to give the inheritance of our brotherZ ZelophehadAA to his daughters.BB
3 But if theyCC are marriedDD into anotherEE, FF Israelite tribe,GG
then their inheritance will be takenHH from the inheritance of our ancestors and addedII to the inheritance of the tribeJJ into which they marry, so it will be taken awayKK from the allotted portionLL of our inheritance.
4 And when the JubileeMM of the Israelites comes,NN then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribeOO into which they have married, and their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our ancestral tribe.”PP
5 Then Moses commanded the Israelites according to the wordQQ of the Lord,RR saying, “The descendants of the tribeSS of Joseph are rightTT in what they are saying.UU
6 This is whatVV the LordWW commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying: Let themXX marry whom they think best;YY
onlyZZ it must be into a clan of their father’sAAA tribeBBB that they are married,CCC
7 so that no inheritance of the Israelites shall be transferredDDD from one tribe to another,EEE for allFFF Israelites shall retainGGG the inheritance of their ancestral tribes.HHH
8 EveryIII daughter who possessesJJJ an inheritance in any tribeKKK of the Israelites shall marry oneLLL
from the clan of her father’s tribe,MMM so that all Israelites may continue to possess their ancestral inheritance. 9 No inheritance shall be transferred from one tribe to another,NNN for eachOOO of the tribesPPP of the Israelites shall retain its own inheritance.”
10 The daughters of ZelophehadQQQ didRRR as the LordSSS had commanded Moses.
11 Mahlah,TTT Tirzah,UUU Hoglah,VVV
Milcah,WWW and Noah,XXX the daughters of Zelophehad, married sons of their father’s brothers.YYY 12 They were married into the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remainedZZZ in the tribeAAAA of their father’s clan.
13 These are the commandmentsBBBB and the ordinancesCCCC that the LordDDDD commanded throughEEEE Moses
to the Israelites in the plainsFFFF of MoabGGGG by the JordanHHHH opposite Jericho.IIII
Image credit: “Ruth – the Outsider” by Jeff Anderson, Siku, and Richard Thomas of Edge Group – Lion Hudson, 2015.