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PART 7A: Records & Laws (Continued)

Ch.32: [Records] The Transjordan Tribes

•  two and a half tribes settle land to the east

Ch. 33: [Records] Israel's Journey: Egypt to Promised Land

•  record of their travels

Ch. 34: [Records] Boundaries and Locations

•  boundaries of the land and land to the east

Ch. 35: [Law] Towns for the Levites & Cities of Refuge

•  distinguishing between murder & manslaughter & provisions for refuge

Ch. 36 : [Law] More about Succession - Zelophehad's Daughters

•  keeping land within the tribes



FRAMEWORKS: Numbers 36 : More about Sussession - Zelophehad's Daughters


v.1-4 A Question is Raised about Inheritance

v.5-9 Moses Lays down the Principles to be followed

v.10-12 The daughters obey

v.13 Conclusion



v.1-4 A Question is Raised about Inheritance


v.1 The family heads of the clan of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph, came and spoke before Moses and the leaders, the heads of the Israelite families.

v.2 They said, “When the Lord commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters.

v.3 Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away.

v.4 When the Year of Jubilee for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken from the tribal inheritance of our ancestors.”


[Notes: In Chapter 27 we saw these five women petition the leadership about inheritance and succession. Now one of their leaders speaks up with a concern that if they marry men from other tribes, their land will be subsumed by that tribe and thus be lost to their tribe's land.]



v.5-9 Moses Lays down the Principles to be followed


v.5 Then at the Lord 's command Moses gave this order to the Israelites: “What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right.

v.6 This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad's daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father's tribal clan.

v.7 No inheritance in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors.

v.8 Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father's tribal clan , so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of their ancestors.

v.9 No inheritance may pass from one tribe to another, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.”


[Notes: Moses lays down a new ruling. They are to marry within their own tribal clan and the inheritance must not pass from tribe to tribe.]



v.10-12 The daughters obey


v.10 So Zelophehad's daughters did as the Lord commanded Moses.

v.11 Zelophehad's daughters—Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milkah and Noah—married their cousins on their father's side.

v.12 They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in their father's tribe and clan.


[Notes: So they marry within their own tribe.]



v.13 Conclusion


v.13 These are the commands and regulations the Lord gave through Moses to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.


[Notes: This is part of the Law passed on through Moses. It is also the ned of the book of Numbers.]