Numbers 36

1Manasseh was Joseph’s son. Makir was Manasseh’s son. Gilead was Makir’s son. The leaders of Gilead’s family went to talk to Moses and the leaders of Israel’s family groups. 2They said, “Sir, the Lord commanded us to get our land by throwing lots. And sir, the Lord commanded Zelophehad’s land be given to his daughters. Zelophehad was our brother. 3Maybe a man from one of the other family groups will marry one of Zelophehad’s daughters. Will that land leave our family? Will the people of that other family group get that land? Will we lose the land that we got by throwing lots? 4˻People might sell their land. But˼ in the Jubilee year, all of the land is returned to the family group that really owns it. At that time, who will get the land that belongs to Zelophehad’s daughters? Will our family lose that land forever?” 5Moses gave this command to the people of Israel. This command was from the Lord. “These men from Joseph’s family group are right! 6This is the Lord’s command to Zelophehad’s daughters: If you want to marry someone, then you must marry someone from your own family group. 7In this way, land will not be passed from family group to family group among the people of Israel. Each Israelite will keep the land that belonged to his own ancestors. 8And if some woman gets her father’s land, then she must marry someone from her own family group. In this way, each person will keep the land that belonged to his ancestors. 9So, the land must not be passed from family group to family group among the people of Israel. Each Israelite will keep the land that belonged to his own ancestors.” 10Zelophehad’s daughters obeyed the Lord’s command to Moses. 11So Zelophehad’s daughters—Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah—married their cousins on their father’s side of the family. 12Their husbands were from Manasseh’s family group, so their land continued to belong to their father’s family and family group. 13So those are the laws and commands that the Lord gave to Moses in the Jordan Valley in Moab by the Jordan River, across from Jericho.

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