NASB — Numbers 36 — KJV

Inheritance by Marriage

1 aAnd the heads of the fathers’ [households] of the family of the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near and spoke before Moses and before the leaders, the heads of the fathers’ [households] of the sons of Israel, 2 and they said, “The LORD commanded my lord to give the land by lot to the sons of Israel as an inheritance, and my lord awas commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters. 3 But if they Imarry one of the sons of the [other] tribes of the sons of Israel, their inheritance will be withdrawn from the inheritance of our fathers and will be added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they belong; thus it will be withdrawn from our allotted inheritance. 4 When the ajubilee of the sons of Israel Icomes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they belong; so their inheritance will be withdrawn from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.”

[1] aNu 27:1
[2] aNu 27:5-7
[3] ILit become wives to, in this ch
[4] ILit shall be aLv 25:10

5 ¶ Then Moses commanded the sons of Israel according to the Iword of the LORD, saying, “The tribe of the sons of Joseph are right in [their] statements. 6 aThis is Iwhat the LORD has commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, ‘Let them marry IIwhom they wish; only they must marry within the family of the tribe of their father.’ 7 Thus ano inheritance of the sons of Israel shall Ibe transferred from tribe to tribe, for the sons of Israel shall each IIhold to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. 8 aEvery daughter who comes into possession of an inheritance of any tribe of the sons of Israel shall be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, so that the sons of Israel each may possess the inheritance of his fathers. 9 Thus no inheritance shall Ibe transferred from one tribe to another tribe, for the tribes of the sons of Israel shall each IIhold to his own inheritance.”

[5] ILit mouth
[6] ILit the thing which IILit to the good one in their eyes aNu 27:7
[7] ILit turn about IILit cleave a1K 21:3
[8] a1Ch 23:22
[9] ILit turn about IILit cleave

10 ¶ Just as the LORD had commanded Moses, so the daughters of Zelophehad did: 11 aMahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad married their uncles’ sons. 12 They married [those] from the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance Iremained with the tribe of the family of their father.

[11] aNu 26:33
[12] ILit was

13aThese are the commandments and the ordinances which the LORD commanded to the sons of Israel through Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan [opposite] Jericho.

[13] aLv 26:46; 27:34; Nu 22:1


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The inconvenience of the inheritance of daughters,

1 ¶ And the chief 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 chief fathers of the children of Israel: 2 And they said, The LORD commanded my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel: and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters. 3 And if they be married 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. 4 And when the jubile 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.

[1] Nu 26:29; 27:1; Jsh 17:2; 1Ch 7:14.
[2] Nu 26:55; 27:1, 7; 33:54; Jsh 13:6; 14:1; 17:3; Jb 42:15.
[3] Nu 36:3.
[4] Lv 25:10, 23; Is 61:2; Lk 4:18.

is remedied by marrying in their own tribes,

5 And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph hath said well. 6 This [is] the thing which the LORD doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they think best; only to the family of the tribe of their father shall they marry.

[5] Nu 27:7; Dt 5:28.
[6] Gn 24:3, 57; Nu 36:12; 2Co 6:14.

lest the inheritance should be removed from the tribe.

7 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. 8 And 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. 9 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.

[7] Nu 36:9; 1K 21:3.
[8] 1Ch 23:22.

The daughters of Zelophehad marry their father's brothers' sons.

10 Even as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad: 11 For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their father's brothers' sons: 12 [And] they were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father. 13 These [are] the commandments and the judgments, which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan [near] Jericho.

[10] Ex 39:42; Lv 24:23; 2Ch 30:12; Mt 28:20.
[11] Nu 27:1.
[12] Nu 36:12.
[13] Lv 7:37; 11:46; 13:59; 14:54; 15:32; 27:34; Nu 26:3; 33:50; 35:1.


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