And if his father have no brethren
Nor any descending from them:
then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him
of his family:
that is nearest of kin to him, though ever so remote; that is, of his father's family, not his mother's, which was no family:
and he shall possess it:
here the Jews have a saying, that an Israelite is never without heirs F25:
and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment;
a judicial law, that should ever remain firm, and sure, and unalterable:
as the Lord commanded Moses;
and therefore no man could dispose of his estate or inheritance by will, otherwise than is set forth by this command.
F25 Maimon. Hilchot Nechalot, c. 1. sect. 3.