Parashas

Inheritance of father’s tribe

Numbers 36:5-9

Num 36:5 And Moses commanded Mosheh misvahed
the children sons of Israel Yisra El
according to the word mouth of the LORD Yah Veh ,
saying,
The tribe rod of the sons of Joseph Yoseph
hath said worded well .

Num 36:6 This is the thing word
which the LORD doth command Yah Veh misvaheth
concerning the daughters of Zelophehad Seloph Had ,
saying, Let them marry be women
to whom they think best of whom is good in their eyes ;
only to the family of the tribe rod of their father
shall they marry be women .

Num 36:7 So Thus shall not the inheritance
of the children sons of Israel Yisra El
remove turn around from tribe rod to tribe rod :
for every one man of the children sons of Israel Yisra El
shall keep himself adhere to the inheritance
of the tribe rod of his fathers.

Num 36:8 And every daughter, that possesseth an inheritance
in any tribe rod of the children sons of Israel Yisra El ,
shall be wife woman unto one of the family
of the tribe rod of her father,
that the children sons of Israel Yisra El
may enjoy possess every man
the inheritance of his fathers.

Num 36:9 Neither shall the inheritance remove turn around
from one tribe to another tribe rod to rod ;
but every one man of the tribes rods
of the children sons of Israel Yisra El
shall keep himself adhere to his own inheritance.

Moses declared that what they had affirmed was right (כֵּן), and then, by command of Hashem, he told the daughters of Zelophehad that they might marry whoever pleased them (the suffix ־הֶם, attached to בְּעֵינֵי, for ־הֶן, as in Exo_1:21; Gen_31:9, etc.), but that he must belong to the family of their father’s tribe, that is to say, must be a Manassite. For (Num_36:7) the inheritance was not to turn away the Israelites from one tribe to another (not to be transferred from one to another), but every Israelite was to keep to the inheritance of his father’s tribe, and no one was to enter upon the possession of another tribe by marrying an heiress belonging to that tribe. This is afterwards extended, in Num_36:8 and Num_36:9, into a general law for every heiress in Israel.

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