Numbers 36

Thomson(i) 1 Then came the chiefs of the community of the children of Galaad, son of Machir, son of Manasses, of the tribe of the children of Joseph, and spoke before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the chiefs of the patriarchal houses of the Israelites, 2 and said, The Lord hath commanded our lord to give the land of inheritance by lot to the children of Israel; and the Lord hath commanded our lord to give the inheritance of Salpaad, our brother, to his daughters. 3 Now they may become wives to one of the communities of the Israelites, and their lot may be taken from the possession of our fathers, and added to the inheritance of that tribe among which they may be married; so their inheritance may be taken from the lot of our inheritance; 4 and though there may be a jubilee of the children of Israel, still their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe among whom they may have been married, and their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our patriarchal tribe. 5 Whereupon Moses gave a charge to the children of Israel, by the command of the Lord, saying, In regard to what the tribe of the children of Joseph say, 6 This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded the daughters of Salpaad, saying, Let them marry whom they please, but they must marry men of the community of their father, 7 so there shall be no transferring of inheritance among the children of Israel, from one tribe to another. Because the children of Israel must be kept together, every one in the inheritance of the patriarchal family of his tribe, 8 therefore every daughter, who by being next of kin, inheriteth a possession among the tribes of Israel, must marry one of the community of her father, that the children of Israel may inherit by nearness of kin, every one the inheritance of his father's family: 9 by which means the allotment will not be transferred from one tribe to another; but the Israelites will be kept together every one in his inheritance. 10 Accordingly they did, for the daughters of Salpaad, in the manner the Lord commanded Moses, 11 and Thersa, and Egla, and Melcha, and Nua, and Maala, the daughters of Salpaad, were married to their cousins. 12 They were married to men of the tribe of Manasses, one of the sons of Joseph, and their inheritance was kept in the tribe, to which the community of their father belonged. 13 These are the commands, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord gave in charge, by the ministry of Moses, on the west of Moab, on the Jordan, over against Jericho.
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