1There then came forward the daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir,son of Manasseh; he belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. His daughters' names were Mahlah,Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. 2They appeared before Moses, the priest Eleazar, the leaders and the whole community, at theentrance to the Tent of Meeting, and said, 3'Our father died in the desert. He was not a member of the party who banded together againstYahweh, Korah's party; it was for his own sin that he died without sons. 4Why should our father's name be lost to his clan? Since he had no son, give us some property likeour father's kinsmen.' 5Moses took their case before Yahweh, 6and Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, 7'Zelophehad's daughters are right in what they say. You will indeed give them a property to be theirheritage among their father's kinsmen; see that their father's heritage is passed on to them. 8Then speak to the Israelites and say, "If a man dies without sons, his heritage wil pass to hisdaughter. 9If he has no daughter, the heritage will go to his brothers. 10If he has no brothers, his heritage wil go to his father's brothers. 11If his father has no brothers, his heritage wil go to the member of his clan who is most nearlyrelated; it wil become his property. This will be a legal rule for the Israelites, as Yahweh has ordered Moses." ' 12Yahweh said to Moses, 'Climb this mountain of the Abarim range, and look at the country which Ihave given to the Israelites. 13After you have seen it, you will be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was. 14For you both rebel ed in the desert of Zin when the community disputed with me and when I orderedyou to assert my holiness before their eyes by means of the water.' (These were the Waters of Meribah ofKadesh, in the desert of Zin.) 15Moses then said to Yahweh, 16'May it please Yahweh, God of the spirits that give life to al living creatures, to appoint a leader forthis community, 17to be at their head in all their undertakings, a man who wil lead them out and bring them in, so thatYahweh's community wil not be like sheep without a shepherd.' 18Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom the spirit dwel s, and lay yourhand on him. 19Bring him before the priest Eleazar and the whole community and give him your orders in theirpresence, 20conferring some of your own authority on him, so that the whole community of Israelites wil obeyhim. 21He wil present himself to the priest Eleazar who wil consult Yahweh on his behalf by means of therite of the urim; at his command, they wil go out and, at his command, they will come in, he and all the Israeliteswith him, the whole community.' 22Moses did as Yahweh had ordered. He took Joshua, brought him before the priest Eleazar and thewhole community, 23laid his hands on him and gave him his orders, as Yahweh had directed through Moses.
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