Laws of Inheritance

Then the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, of the clan of Manasseh the son of Joseph, came near; and these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, and Tirzah. They stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the leaders of the entire community at the doorway of the tent of assembly,[a] saying, “Our father died in the desert; he was not in the midst of the company of those who banded together against Yahweh in the company of Korah, but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father disappear from the midst of his clan because he does not have a son? Give us property in the midst of the brothers of our father.” So Moses brought their case before Yahweh. And Yahweh said to Moses, saying, The statements of the daughters of Zelophehad are right.[b] You must surely give them the property of an inheritance in the midst of their father’s brothers, and you must transfer the inheritance of their father to them. And you must speak to the Israelites,[c] saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, you must transfer his inheritance to his daughter. And if he has no daughter, you must give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, then you must give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 If his father has no brothers, then you must give his inheritance to his nearest relative from his own clan, and he will take possession of it. It will be as a decree of stipulation for the Israelites,[d] just as Yahweh commanded Moses.’”

12 Yahweh said to Moses, “Go up to this mountain of Abarim, and see the land that I have given to the Israelites.[e] 13 When you see it, you will be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother was gathered, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the desert of Zin when the community quarreled regarding my holiness at the waters.” (These are the waters of Meribah-Kadesh in the desert of Zin.)

Joshua Succeeds Moses

15 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 16 “Let Yahweh, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the community 17 who will go out before them and will come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so the community of Yahweh will not be like a flock that does not have a shepherd.” 18 Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and place your hand on him. 19 Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and before the entire community, and commission him[f] in their sight.[g] 20 You will give to him from your authority so that the entire community of Israel will obey him.[h] 21 He will stand before Eleazar the priest, who will ask for him by the decision[i] of the Urim before Yahweh. On his command[j] they will go out, and at his command[k] they will come in, both he and all of the Israelites[l] with him, the entire community.” 22 Moses did just as Yahweh commanded him, and he took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before the entire community. 23 And he placed his hands on him and commissioned him[m] just as Yahweh spoke by the hand of Moses.[n]


  1. Numbers 27:2 Or “meeting”
  2. Numbers 27:7 Literally “Such as the daughters of Zelophehad are speaking”
  3. Numbers 27:8 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
  4. Numbers 27:11 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
  5. Numbers 27:12 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
  6. Numbers 27:19 Literally “command him”
  7. Numbers 27:19 Literally “before their eyes”
  8. Numbers 27:20 Literally “hear him
  9. Numbers 27:21 Or “judgment”
  10. Numbers 27:21 Literally “his word”
  11. Numbers 27:21 Literally “his word”
  12. Numbers 27:21 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
  13. Numbers 27:23 Literally “commanded him”
  14. Numbers 27:23 Or “through Moses”