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Inheritance Through Marriage
1The leaders#Literally “The heads” of the families#Or “fathers” of the clans of descendants#Or “sons” of Gilead the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, of the clans of the descendants#Or “sons” of Joseph came near and spoke before#Literally “before the face of” Moses and before#Literally “before the face of” the leaders#Literally “the heads” of the families#Hebrew “of the fathers” of the Israelites.#Literally “sons/children of Israel” 2And they said, “Yahweh commanded my lord to give the land by lot as an inheritance to the Israelites,#Literally “sons/children of Israel” and my lord was commanded by Yahweh to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters. 3But if they become wives to one of the sons from another tribe of the Israelites,#Literally “sons/children of Israel” their inheritance will disappear from the inheritance of our ancestors,#Or “fathers” and it will be added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they belong; the lot of our inheritance would disappear. 4When the Jubilee of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” comes,#Literally “will be” it will be added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they belong; and their inheritance will disappear from the tribe of our father.”
5Then Moses commanded the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” by the command of Yahweh, saying, “The tribe of the descendants#Or “sons” of Joseph is right regarding what they are speaking. 6This is the word that Yahweh commanded the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, ‘Let them marry#Literally “Let them be as wives” whomever they like;#Literally “they will be as the good in their eyes” only they must marry#Literally “they must be as wives” from within the clan of the tribe of their father. 7Thus an inheritance of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” will not go around from tribe to tribe. Rather, the inheritance of each tribe of his father will remain with the Israelites.#Literally “sons/children of Israel” 8Every daughter who possesses an inheritance from the tribes of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” will marry#Literally “be a wife to” one of the clan of the tribe of her father, so that the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” will possess the inheritance of his ancestors.#Or “fathers” 9Therefore an inheritance will not go around from one tribe to another tribe because the tribes of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” will each hold to their own inheritance.’ ”
10Just as Yahweh commanded to Moses, so the daughters of Zelophehad did: 11Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, married#Literally “were as wives to” the sons of their uncles. 12They married#Literally “They were as wives to” those from the sons of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained#Literally “was” among the tribe of the clan of their ancestors.#Or “fathers”
13These were the commands and the stipulations that Yahweh commanded by the hand of Moses#Or “through Moses” to the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” on the desert-plateaus of Moab by the Jordan across Jericho.
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