1Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, from the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
2And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying:
3"Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the LORD, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons.
4Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father's brothers."
5So Moses brought their case before the LORD.
6And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
7"The daughters of Zelophehad speak what is right; you shall surely give them a possession of inheritance among their father's brothers, and cause the inheritance of their father to pass to them.
8And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: "If a man dies and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter.
9If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers.
10If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers.
11And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the relative closest to him in his family, and he shall possess it."' And it shall be to the children of Israel a statute of judgment, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
12Now the LORD said to Moses: "Go up into this Mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the children of Israel.
13And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was gathered.
14For in the Wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to hallow Me at the waters before their eyes." (These are the waters of Meribah, at Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin.)
15Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying:
16"Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
17who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd."
18And the LORD said to Moses: "Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him;
19set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight.
20And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
21He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the LORD for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him--all the congregation."
22So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation.
23And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.