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Numbers 27

The daughters of Zelophehad sue for an inheritance.

Numbers 27:1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the sonne of Hepher, the sonne of Gilead, the sonne of Machir, the sonne of Manasseh, of the familie of Manasseh, the sonne of Ioseph (and the names of his daughters were these, Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah) Numbers 27:2 And stoode before Moses, and before Eleazar the Priest, and before the Princes, and all the assemblie, at the doore of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, saying, Numbers 27:3 Our father dyed in the wildernes, and he was not among the assemblie of them that were assembled against the Lorde in the companie of Korah, but died in his sinne, and had no sonnes. Numbers 27:4 Wherefore should the name of our father be taken away from among his familie, because he hath no sonne? giue vs a possession among the brethren of our father. Numbers 27:5 Then Moses brought their cause before the Lorde.

The law of inheritances.

Numbers 27:6 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 27:7 The daughters of Zelophehad speake right: thou shalt giue them a possession to inherite among their fathers brethren, and shalt turne the inheritance of their father vnto them. Numbers 27:8 Also thou shalt speake vnto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die and haue no sonne, then ye shall turne his inheritaunce vnto his daughter. Numbers 27:9 And if he haue no daughter, ye shall giue his inheritance vnto his brethren. Numbers 27:10 And if he haue no brethren, ye shall giue his inheritance vnto his fathers brethren. Numbers 27:11 And if his father haue no brethren, ye shal giue his inheritance vnto his next kinsman of his familie, and he shall possesse it: and this shall be vnto the children of Israel a law of iudgement, as the Lord hath commanded Moses.

Moses, being told of his death, sueth for a successor.

Numbers 27:12 Againe the Lord said vnto Moses, Go vp into this mount of Abarim, & behold ye lande which I haue giuen vnto the children of Israel. Numbers 27:13 And when thou hast seene it, thou shalt be gathered vnto thy people also, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. Numbers 27:14 For ye were disobedient vnto my worde in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the assemblie, to sanctifie me in the waters before their eyes. That is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wildernesse of Zin.

Numbers 27:15 Then Moses spake vnto the Lord, saying, Numbers 27:16 Let the Lorde God of the spirits of all flesh appoint a man ouer the Congregation, Numbers 27:17 Who may goe out and in before them, and leade them out and in, that the Congregation of the Lorde be not as sheepe, which haue not a shepheard.

Joshua is appointed to succeed him.

Numbers 27:18 And the Lorde said vnto Moses, Take thee Ioshua the sonne of Nun, in whom is the Spirite, and put thine handes vpon him, Numbers 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the Priest, and before all the Congregation, and giue him a charge in their sight. Numbers 27:20 And giue him of thy glory, that all the Congregation of ye children of Israel may obey. Numbers 27:21 And he shall stande before Eleazar the Priest, who shall aske counsell for him by the iudgement of Vrim before the Lorde: at his worde they shall goe out, and at his worde they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him and all the Congregation. Numbers 27:22 So Moses did as the Lord had commanded him, and he tooke Ioshua, and set him before Eleazar the Priest, & before all the Congregation. Numbers 27:23 Then he put his handes vpon him, & gaue him a charge, as the Lorde had spoken by the hand of Moses.

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