The daughters of Zelophehad sue for an inheritance.
Numbers 27:1 Then came the daughters of Salphaad, the son of Hepher, the son of Galaad, the son of Machir, the son of Manasses, who was the son of Joseph: and their names are Maala, and Noa, and Hegla, and Melcha, and Thersa. Numbers 27:2 And they stood before Moses and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the people at the door of the tabernacle of the covenant, and said: Numbers 27:3 Our father died in the desert, and was not in the sedition, that was raised against the Lord under Core, but he died in his own sin: and he had no male children. Why is his name taken away out of his family, because he had no son? Give us a possession among the kinsmen of our father. Numbers 27:4 And Moses referred their cause to the judgment of the Lord. Numbers 27:5 And the Lord said to him:
The law of inheritances.
Numbers 27:6 The daughters of Salphaad demand a just thing: Give them a possession among their father's kindred, and let them succeed him in his inheritance. Numbers 27:7 And to the children of Israel thou shalt speak these things: Numbers 27:8 When a man dieth without a son, his inheritance shall pass to his daughter. Numbers 27:9 If he have no daughter, his brethren shall succeed him. Numbers 27:10 And if he have no brethren, you shall give the inheritance to his father's brethren. Numbers 27:11 But if he have no uncles by the father, the inheritance shall be given to them that are the next akin. And this shall be to the children of Israel sacred by a perpetual law, as the Lord hath commanded Moses.
Moses, being told of his death, sueth for a successor.
Numbers 27:12 The Lord also said to Moses: Go up into this mountain Abarim, and view from thence the land which I will give to the children of Israel. Numbers 27:13 And when thou shalt have seen it, thou also shalt go to thy people, as thy brother Aaron is gone: Numbers 27:14 Because you offended me in the desert of Sin in the contradiction of the multitude, neither would you sanctify me before them at the waters. These are the waters of contradiction in Cades of the desert of Sin.
Numbers 27:15 And Moses answered him: Numbers 27:16 May the Lord the God of the spirits of all flesh provide a man, that may be over this multitude: Numbers 27:17 And may go out and in before them, and may lead them out, or bring them in: lest the people of the Lord be as sheep without a shepherd.
Joshua is appointed to succeed him.
Numbers 27:18 And the Lord said to him: take Josue the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and put thy hand upon him. Numbers 27:19 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest and all the multitude: Numbers 27:20 And thou shalt give him precepts in the sight of all, and part of thy glory, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may hear him. Numbers 27:21 If any thing be to be done, Eleazar the priest shall consult the Lord for him. He and all the children of Israel with him, and the rest of the multitude shall go out and go in at his word. Numbers 27:22 Moses did as the Lord had commanded. And, when he had taken Josue, he set him before Eleazar the priest, and all the assembly of the people, Numbers 27:23 And laying his hands on his head, he repeated all things that the Lord had commanded.