Bishops' Bible

Numbers 27

The daughters of Zelophehad sue for an inheritance.

Numbers 27:1 Then came the daughters of Zalphaad the sonne of Hepher, the sonne of Gilead, the sonne of Machir, the sonne of Manasse, of the kinred of Manasse the sonne of Ioseph: whose names were Maala, Noha, Hagla, Melcha and Thirza. Numbers 27:2 And stode before Moyses and Eleazar the priest, and before the lordes, and all the multitude by the doore of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying: Numbers 27:3 Our father dyed in the wyldernesse, and was not in the company of them that gathered them selues together agaynst the Lorde in the congregation of Corah: but dyed in his owne sinne, and had no sonnes. Numbers 27:4 Wherefore then is the name of our father taken away from among his kinred, because he hath no sonne? Geue vnto vs therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. Numbers 27:5 And Moyses brought their cause before the Lorde.

The law of inheritances.

Numbers 27:6 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying. Numbers 27:7 The daughters of Zalphaad speake ryght: thou shalt geue them a possession to inherite among their fathers brethren, and shalt turne the inheritaunce of their father vnto them. Numbers 27:8 And thou shalt speake vnto the chyldren of Israel, saying: If a man dye and haue no sonne, ye shall turne his inheritaunce vnto his daughter. Numbers 27:9 If he haue no daughter, ye shall geue his inheritaunce vnto his brethren. Numbers 27:10 If he haue also no brethren, ye shall geue his inheritaunce vnto his fathers brethren. Numbers 27:11 And if his father haue no brethren, ye shall geue his inheritaunce vnto hym that is next to him of his kinred, and he shall possesse it: And this shalbe vnto the chyldren of Israel a lawe of iudgement, as the Lorde hath commaunded Moyses.

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

Numbers 27:12 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moyses: Get thee vp into this mount Abarim, and beholde the lande whiche I haue geuen vnto the chyldren of Israel: Numbers 27:13 And whe 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 mouth in the desert of Zin, in the stryfe of the congregation, neither dyd ye sanctifie me in the waters before their eyes: That is, the water of stryfe in Cades in the wyldernesse of Zin.

Numbers 27:15 And Moyses spake vnto the Lorde, saying: Numbers 27:16 Let the Lord God of the spirites of all fleshe set a man ouer ye congregation, Numbers 27:17 Which may go out & in before them, and leade them out and in, that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheepe which haue not a sheephearde.

Joshua is appointed to succeed him.

Numbers 27:18 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moyses: Take thee Iosuah the sonne of Nun, a man in whom is the spirite, and put thyne handes vpon hym, Numbers 27:19 And set hym before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: and geue hym a charge in their sight. Numbers 27:20 And put of thy prayse vpon him, that all the companie of the children of Israel may be obedient. Numbers 27:21 And he shall stande before Eleazar the priest, which shall aske counsell for hym after the iudgement of Urim, before the Lorde: And accordyng vnto his worde, shall they go out and in, both he and all the children of Israel with him, and all the congregation. Numbers 27:22 And Moyses dyd as the Lorde commaunded him: and he toke Iosuah, and set hym before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: Numbers 27:23 And put his handes vpon hym, and gaue hym a charge, as the Lorde commaunded through the hand of Moyses.

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