The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 27:1–11

M S Sam
G
V

Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.

And the daughters of Salpaad the son of Opher, the son of Galaad, the son of Machir, of the tribe of Manasse, of the sons of Joseph, came near; and these were their names, Maala, and Nua, and Egla, and Melcha, and Thersa;

Then there approached the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, who was the son of Joseph: and their names are Mahlah, and Noa, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.

M G V S Sam

And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, at the door of the tent of meeting, saying

M S Sam
G
V

'Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not among the company of them that gathered themselves together against YHWH in the company of Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons.

Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the midst of the congregation that rebelled against the Lord in the gathering of Core; for he died for his own sin, and he had no sons. Let not the name of our father be blotted out of the midst of his people, because he has no son: give us an inheritance in the midst of our father’s brethren.

“Our father died in the desert, and was not with the sedition, which was stirred up against the Lord under Korah, but he died in his own sin; he had no male sons. Why is his name taken away from his family, because he had no son? Give us a possession among the kinsmen of our father.”

M S Sam

Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he had no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father.'

M G S Sam
V

And Moses brought their cause before YHWH.

And Moses referred their case to the judgment of the Lord.

M
G V S Sam

And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

M G S Sam
V

'The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

“The daughters of Zelophehad are asking for something just. So give them a possession among the kinsmen of their father, and let them succeed him in his inheritance.

M G Sam
V
S

And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

And to the sons of Israel, you shall speak these things

When a man dies without a son, his inheritance shall be transferred to his daughter.

And you shall say to the children of Israel, If a man dies and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter.

M G S Sam
V

And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.

If he has no daughter, his brothers shall succeed him.

10  And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren.

10  But if there were also no brothers, you shall give the inheritance to the brothers of his father.

M S Sam
G
V

11  And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it. And it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as YHWH commanded Moses.'

11  And if there be no brethren of his father, ye shall give the inheritance to his nearest relation of his tribe, to inherit his possessions; and this shall be to the children of Israel an ordinance of judgement, as the Lord commanded Moses.

11  But if he has no paternal uncles, the inheritance shall be given to those who are closest to him. And this shall be, for the sons of Israel, consecrated as a perpetual law, just as the Lord has instructed Moses.”