1Zelophehad was the son of Hepher. Hepher was the son of Gilead. Gilead was the son of Makir. Makir was the son of Manasseh. Manasseh was the son of Joseph. Zelophehad had five daughters. Their names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2These five women went to the Meeting Tent and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the Israelites.
The five daughters said, 3“Our father died while we were traveling through the desert. He died a natural death. He was not one of the men who joined Korah’s group. (Korah was the man who turned against the Lord.) But our father had no sons. 4This means that our father’s name will not continue. It is not fair that our father’s name will not continue. His name will end because he had no sons. So we ask you to give us some of the land that our father’s brothers will get.”
5So Moses asked the Lord what he should do. 6The Lord said to him, 7“The daughters of Zelophehad are right. They should share the land with their father’s brothers. So give them the land that you would have given to their father.
8“So tell the Israelites, ‘If a man has no son, when he dies everything he owns will be given to his daughter. 9If he has no daughter, everything he owns will be given to his brothers. 10If he has no brothers, everything he owns will be given to his father’s brothers. 11If his father had no brothers, everything he owns will be given to the closest relative in his family. This will be a law among the Israelites. The Lord has given this command to Moses.’”
Joshua Is the New Leader
12Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go up on one of mountains in the desert east of the Jordan River. There you will see the land that I am giving to the Israelites. 13After you have seen this land, you will die like your brother Aaron. 14Remember when the people became angry at the water in the desert of Zin. Both you and Aaron refused to obey my command. You did not honor me and show the people that I am holy.” (This was at the water of Meribah#27:14 water of Meribah Or “water of rebellion.” near Kadesh in the desert of Zin.)
15Moses said to the Lord, 16“Lord, you are the God who knows what people are thinking. I pray that you will choose a leader for these people.#27:16 Lord, … these people Literally, “May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all people, appoint a man for this community.” 17I pray that you will choose a leader who will lead them out of this land and bring them into the new land. Then your people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
18So the Lord said to Moses, “Joshua son of Nun is very wise.#27:18 Joshua … is very wise Literally, “Take Joshua son of Nun. He is a man with a spirit in him.” This might mean that Joshua was very wise, or it might mean that God’s Spirit was with him. You will place your hand on him and make him the new leader. 19Tell him to stand before Eleazar the priest and all the people. Then make him the new leader.
20“Show the people that you are making him leader,#27:20 Show … leader Literally, “Give him some of your glory.” then all the people will obey him. 21If Joshua needs to make a decision, he will go to Eleazar the priest. Eleazar will use the Urim to learn the Lord’s answer. Then Joshua and all the Israelites will do the things God says. If he says, ‘go to war,’ they will go to war. And if he says, ‘go home,’ they will go home.”
22Moses obeyed the Lord. Moses told Joshua to stand before Eleazar the priest and all the Israelites. 23Then Moses put his hands on him to show that he was the new leader. He did this just as the Lord told him to.