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1The heads of the fathers’ houses of the families of the sons of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasʹseh, of the fathers’ houses of the sons of Joseph, came near and spoke before Moses and before the leaders, the heads of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel; 2they said, “The Lord commanded my lord to give the land for inheritance by lot to the people of Israel; and my lord was commanded by the Lord to give the inheritance of Zeloʹphehad our brother to his daughters. 3But if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the people of Israel then their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they belong; so it will be taken away from the lot of our inheritance. 4And when the jubilee of the people of Israel comes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they belong; and their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.”

5And Moses commanded the people of Israel according to the word of the Lord, saying, “The tribe of the sons of Joseph is right. 6This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zeloʹphehad, ‘Let them marry whom they think best; only, they shall marry within the family of the tribe of their father. 7The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another; for every one of the people of Israel shall cleave to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. 8And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the people of Israel shall be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, so that every one of the people of Israel may possess the inheritance of his fathers. 9So no inheritance shall be transferred from one tribe to another; for each of the tribes of the people of Israel shall cleave to its own inheritance.’ ”

10The daughters of Zeloʹphehad did as the Lord commanded Moses; 11for Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zeloʹphehad, were married to sons of their father’s brothers. 12They were married into the families of the sons of Manasʹseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.

13These are the commandments and the ordinances which the Lord commanded by Moses to the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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