The daughters of Zelophehad
Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of
Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh
the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah,
and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.
And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the
princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the
Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them
that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah;
but died in his own sin, and had no sons.
The daughters of Zelophehad stood in front of Moses, Eleazar, and the princes of the congregation, and said,
Our father died, but he had no sons.
27:4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family,
because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the
brethren of our father.
Why should his name die because he didn't have any sons?
And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.
Moses brought their case to God.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a
possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt
cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.
God said to Moses,
The daughters of Zelophehad are right.
Give them an inheritance from their father.
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no
son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.
Say to the Israelites,
If a man dies and has no son, his inheritance shall pass to his daughter. 
And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his
If his has no daughter, his inheritance shall go to his brothers.
And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his
If his has no brothers, his inheritance shall go to his father's brothers.
And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance
unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it:
and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the
LORD commanded Moses.
If his father has no brothers, his inheritance shall go to his next of kin.
Joshua replaces Moses as leader of the Israelites
And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see
the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.
God said to Moses,
Climb up mount Abarim, and see the land I have given to the Israelites.
And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people,
as Aaron thy brother was gathered.
When you see it, you will die , like Aaron died.
For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife
of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is
the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the
Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which
may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the
LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.
Moses said to God,
Let the God of the spirits of all flesh select a man to lead the congregation.
What is God's name?
And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in
whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;
And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation;
and give him a charge in their sight.
And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the
congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
God said to Moses,
Make Joshua the leader of the Israelites.
And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for
him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go
out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of
Israel with him, even all the congregation.
Eleazar will consult the Urim in front of me.
And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him
before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:
And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD
commanded by the hand of Moses.
And Moses did as God commanded, making Joshua the leader of the Israelites.
- The daughters of Zelophehad were the first (and the last) women in the Bible to demand their property rights.
And surprisingly, Moses agreed with them. Of course, the right that they won here was extremely limited: a daughter
can inherit property only when a father dies without any sons.
- If a man dies and has no son, then his inheritance goes to his daughter. But if he has a son, then the daughter
gets nothing. No mention is made of wives, sisters, or aunts.
- God tells Moses to climb Mount Abarim, where he will see the promised land. After seeing it, Moses will die --
since he struck the rock to get water out of it (instead of just talking to it).
See Num 20:6-12
- If a man dies and has no son, then his daughter receives the inheritance.
- If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren.
And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of
Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses. 27:8-11
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