One day a petition was presented by the daughters of Zelophehad -- Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Their father, Zelophehad, was the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph.
These women went and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the tribal leaders, and the entire community at the entrance of the Tabernacle. a3
"Our father died in the wilderness without leaving any sons," they said. "But he was not among Korah's followers, who rebelled against the LORD. He died because of his own sin.
Why should the name of our father disappear just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives."
So Moses brought their case before the LORD.
And the LORD replied to Moses,
"The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You must give them an inheritance of land along with their father's relatives. Assign them the property that would have been given to their father.
Moreover announce this to the people of Israel: 'If a man dies and has no sons, then give his inheritance to his daughters.
And if he has no daughters, turn his inheritance over to his brothers.
If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father's brothers.
But if his father has no brothers, pass on his inheritance to the nearest relative in his clan. The Israelites must observe this as a general legal requirement, just as the LORD commanded Moses.'"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)