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Law of female inheritance

36:1 AND the chief fathers of the families of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spake before Moses, and before the princes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel
36:2 And they said, The LORD commanded my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters.
36:3 And if they be married to any of the sons of the [other ] tribes of the children of Israel, then shall their inheritance be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and shall be put to the inheritance of the tribe where unto they are received so shall it be taken from the lot of our inheritance.
36:4 And when the jubilee of the children of Israel shall be, then shall their inheritance be put to the inheritance of the tribe where unto they are received so shall their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.

Marriage within the tribe


36:5 And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph has said well.
36:6 This [is] the thing which the LORD does command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them be wives to whom they think best ; only to the family of the tribe of their father shall they marry.
36:7 So shall not the inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe for every one of the children of Israel shall keep himself to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
36:8 And every daughter, that possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers.
36:9 Neither shall the inheritance remove from [one] tribe to another tribe ; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance.
36:10 Even as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad
36:11 For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to their father’s brothers’ sons
36:12 [And] they were married to some that were of the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.
36:13 These [are] the commandments and the judgments, which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan [near] Jericho.

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