1 And the ancient heads of the children of Gilead the son of Machir the son of Manasseh of the kindred of the children of Joseph, came forth and spake before Moses and the princes which were ancient heads among the children of Israel, 2 and said, "The LORD commanded my lord to give the land to inherit by lot to the children of Israel. And then my lord commanded in the name of the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters. 3 Now when any of the sons of the tribes of Israel take them to wives, then shall their inheritance be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and shall be put unto the inheritance of the tribe in which they are and shall be taken from the lot of our inheritance. 4 And when the free year cometh unto the children of Israel, then shall their inheritance be put unto the inheritance of the tribe where they are in, and so shall their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers."
5 And Moses commanded the children of Israel at the mouth of the LORD, saying, "The tribe of the children of Joseph have said well. 6 This, therefore, doeth the LORD: 'Command the daughters of Zelophehad, saying: let them be wives to whom they themself think best, but in the kindred of the tribe of their fathers shall they marry, 7 that the inheritance of the children of Israel roll not from tribe to tribe. But that the children of Israel may abide, every man, in the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. 8 And every daughter that possesseth any inheritance among the tribes of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one of the kindred of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his father, 9 and that the inheritance go not from one tribe to another: but that the tribes of the children of Israel may abide, every man, in his own inheritance.'"
10 And as the LORD commanded Moses, even so did the daughters of Zelophehad: 11 Mahela, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah and Noah, and were married unto their fathers' brothers' sons, 12 of the kindred of the children of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and so they had their inheritance in the tribe of the kindred of their father.