The daughters of Zelophehad showed up. Their father was the son of Hepher son of Gilead son of Makir son of Manasseh, belonging to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
They came to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. They stood before Moses and Eleazar the priest and before the leaders and the congregation and said,
"Our father died in the wilderness. He wasn't part of Korah's rebel anti-God gang. He died for his own sins. And he left no sons.
But why should our father's name die out from his clan just because he had no sons? So give us an inheritance among our father's relatives."
Moses brought their case to God.
"Zelophehad's daughters are right. Give them land as an inheritance among their father's relatives. Give them their father's inheritance.
"Then tell the People of Israel, If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter.
If he has no daughter, give it to his brothers.
If he has no brothers, give it to his father's brothers.
If his father had no brothers, give it to the nearest relative so that the inheritance stays in the family. This is the standard procedure for the People of Israel, as commanded by God through Moses." Joshua
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)