The daughters of Zelophehad sue for an inheritance.
Numbers 27:1 Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. Numbers 27:2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and the whole assembly, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, saying, Numbers 27:3 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the band of them that banded themselves together against Jehovah in the band of Korah; but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons. Numbers 27:4 Why should the name of our father be taken away from his family, because he has no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father. Numbers 27:5 And Moses brought their cause before Jehovah.
The law of inheritances.
Numbers 27:6 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 27:7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. Numbers 27:8 And unto the children of Israel shalt thou speak, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. Numbers 27:9 And if he have no daughter, ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. Numbers 27:10 And if he have no brethren, ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren. Numbers 27:11 And if his father have no brethren, ye shall give his inheritance to his kinsman that is nearest to him in his family, and he shall possess it; and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of right, as Jehovah commanded Moses.
Moses, being told of his death, sueth for a successor.
Numbers 27:12 And Jehovah said to Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land that I have given unto the children of Israel. Numbers 27:13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy peoples, as Aaron thy brother was gathered, Numbers 27:14 because ye rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, as to hallowing me in the matter of the water before their eyes. (That is the water of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)
Numbers 27:15 And Moses spoke to Jehovah, saying, Numbers 27:16 Let Jehovah, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the assembly, Numbers 27:17 who may go out before them, and who may come in before them, and who may lead them out, and who may bring them in, that the assembly of Jehovah be not as sheep that have no shepherd.
Joshua is appointed to succeed him.
Numbers 27:18 And Jehovah said to Moses, Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and thou shalt lay thy hand upon him; Numbers 27:19 and thou shalt set him before Eleazar the priest, and before the whole assembly; and give him commandment before their eyes. Numbers 27:20 And thou shalt put of thine honour upon him, that the whole assembly of the children of Israel may obey him. Numbers 27:21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him, by the judgment of the Urim before Jehovah: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, he, and all the children of Israel with him, even the whole assembly. Numbers 27:22 And Moses did as Jehovah had commanded him; and he took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before the whole assembly. Numbers 27:23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him commandment, as Jehovah had said through Moses.