Numbers 26-27 New King James Version

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The Numbering of Israel in Moab

26 And it came to pass, after the plague, that the Lord spoke to Moses and Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying: 2  "Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel from twenty years old and above, by their fathers' houses, all who are able to go to war in Israel." 3  So Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying: 4  "Take a census of the people from twenty years old and above, just as the Lord commanded Moses and the children of Israel who came out of the land of Egypt."

5  Reuben was the firstborn of Israel. The children of Reuben were: of Hanoch, the family of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the family of the Palluites; 6  of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the family of the Carmites. 7  These are the families of the Reubenites: those who were numbered of them were forty-three thousand seven hundred and thirty. 8  And the son of Pallu was Eliab. 9  The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, representatives of the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the Lord; 10  and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah when that company died, when the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men; and they became a sign. 11  Nevertheless the children of Korah did not die. 12  The sons of Simeon according to their families were: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites; of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites; 13  of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites; of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites. 14  These are the families of the Simeonites: twenty-two thousand two hundred. 15  The sons of Gad according to their families were: of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the family of the Haggites; of Shuni, the family of the Shunites; 16  of Ozni, the family of the Oznites; of Eri, the family of the Erites; 17  of Arod, the family of the Arodites; of Areli, the family of the Arelites. 18  These are the families of the sons of Gad according to those who were numbered of them: forty thousand five hundred. 19  The sons of Judah were Er and Onan; and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. 20  And the sons of Judah according to their families were: of Shelah, the family of the Shelanites; of Perez, the family of the Parzites; of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites. 21  And the sons of Perez were: of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the family of the Hamulites. 22  These are the families of Judah according to those who were numbered of them: seventy-six thousand five hundred. 23  The sons of Issachar according to their families were: of Tola, the family of the Tolaites; of Puah, the family of the Punites; 24  of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the family of the Shimronites. 25  These are the families of Issachar according to those who were numbered of them: sixty-four thousand three hundred. 26  The sons of Zebulun according to their families were: of Sered, the family of the Sardites; of Elon, the family of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites. 27  These are the families of the Zebulunites according to those who were numbered of them: sixty thousand five hundred. 28  The sons of Joseph according to their families, by Manasseh and Ephraim, were: 29  The sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites; and Machir begot Gilead; of Gilead, the family of the Gileadites. 30  These are the sons of Gilead: of Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites; of Helek, the family of the Helekites; 31  of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites; of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites; 32  of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites; of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites. 33  Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters; and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 34  These are the families of Manasseh; and those who were numbered of them were fifty-two thousand seven hundred. 35  These are the sons of Ephraim according to their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthalhites; of Becher, the family of the Bachrites; of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites. 36  And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites. 37  These are the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those who were numbered of them: thirty-two thousand five hundred. These are the sons of Joseph according to their families. 38  The sons of Benjamin according to their families were: of Bela, the family of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites; 39  of Shupham, the family of the Shuphamites; of Hupham, the family of the Huphamites. 40  And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites; of Naaman, the family of the Naamites. 41  These are the sons of Benjamin according to their families; and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred. 42  These are the sons of Dan according to their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan according to their families. 43  All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those who were numbered of them, were sixty-four thousand four hundred. 44  The sons of Asher according to their families were: of Jimna, the family of the Jimnites; of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites; of Beriah, the family of the Beriites. 45  Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites; of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites. 46  And the name of the daughter of Asher was Serah. 47  These are the families of the sons of Asher according to those who were numbered of them: fifty-three thousand four hundred. 48  The sons of Naphtali according to their families were: of Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites; of Guni, the family of the Gunites; 49  of Jezer, the family of the Jezerites; of Shillem, the family of the Shillemites. 50  These are the families of Naphtali according to their families; and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand four hundred. 51  These are those who were numbered of the children of Israel: six hundred and one thousand seven hundred and thirty.

The Land to Be Divided by Lot

52  Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 53  "To these the land shall be divided as an inheritance, according to the number of names. 54  To a large tribe you shall give a larger inheritance, and to a small tribe you shall give a smaller inheritance. Each shall be given its inheritance according to those who were numbered of them. 55  But the land shall be divided by lot; they shall inherit according to the names of the tribes of their fathers. 56  According to the lot their inheritance shall be divided between the larger and the smaller."

The Tribe of Levi

57  And these are those who were numbered of the Levites according to their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites; of Merari, the family of the Merarites. 58  These are the families of the Levites: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, and the family of the Korathites. And Kohath begot Amram. 59  The name of Amram's wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and to Amram she bore Aaron and Moses and their sister Miriam. 60  To Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 61  And Nadab and Abihu died when they offered profane fire before the Lord. 62  Now those who were numbered of them were twenty-three thousand, every male from a month old and above; for they were not numbered among the other children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given to them among the children of Israel.

Only Caleb and Joshua Survive

63  These are those who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho. 64  But among these there was not a man of those who were numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest when they numbered the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Sinai. 65  For the Lord had said of them, "They shall surely die in the wilderness." So there was not left a man of them, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.

The Request of Zelophehad's Daughters

27 Then 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. 2  And 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. 4  Why 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." 5  So Moses brought their case before the Lord. 6  And 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. 8  And 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. 9  If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10  If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers. 11  And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the relative closest 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.

Moses Appoints Joshua as His Successor

12  Now the Lord said to Moses: "Go up into this Mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the children of Israel. 13  And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was gathered. 14  For 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.)

15  Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: 16  "Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 17  who 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." 18  And 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; 19  set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. 20  And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 21  He 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." 22  So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation. 23  And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.

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