Inheritance of Zelophehad's Daughters
The family heads of the clan of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh,
who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph, came and spoke
before Moses and the leaders, the heads of the Israelite families.
They said, "When the LORD commanded my lord to give the land as an
inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance
of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters.
Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance
will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe
they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away.
When the Year of Jubilee for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added
to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken
from the tribal inheritance of our forefathers."
Then at the LORD's command Moses gave this order to the Israelites:
"What the tribe of the descendats of Joseph is saying is right.
This is what the LORD commands for Zelophehad's daughters:
They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within
the tribal clan of their father.
No inheritance in Israel is to pass from tribe to tribe,
for every Israelite shall keep the tribal land inherited from his forefathers.
Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone
in her father's tribal clan, so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance
of his fathers.
No inheritance may pass from tribe to tribe,
for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits."
So Zelophehad's daughters did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Zelophehad's daughters - Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah and Noah -
married their cousins on their father's side.
They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph,
and their inheritance remained in their father's clan and tribe.
These are the commands and regulations the LORD gave through Moses
to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.