Numbers 27:4
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New International Version
Why should our father's name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father's relatives."

New Living Translation
Why should the name of our father disappear from his clan just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives."

English Standard Version
Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father’s brothers.”

New American Standard Bible
"Why should the name of our father be withdrawn from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father's brothers."

King James Bible
Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan? Since he had no son, give us property among our father's brothers."

International Standard Version
Why are you going to eliminate the name of our father from his family, just because he had no son? Give us a possession from among our father's relatives."

NET Bible
Why should the name of our father be lost from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among the relatives of our father."

New Heart English Bible
Why should the name of our father be taken away from among his family, because he had no son? Give to us a possession among the brothers of our father."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why should our father's name be allowed to die out in his family because he had no son? Give us property among our father's relatives."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he had no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father.'

New American Standard 1977
“Why should the name of our father be withdrawn from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family because he has no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.

King James 2000 Bible
Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he has no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.

American King James Version
Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he has no son? Give to us therefore a possession among the brothers of our father.

American Standard Version
Why should the name of our father be taken away from among his family, because he had no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses referred their cause to the judgment of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Why should the name of our father be taken away from his family, because he has no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father.

English Revised Version
Why should the name of our father be taken away from among his family, because he had no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give to us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.

World English Bible
Why should the name of our father be taken away from among his family, because he had no son? Give to us a possession among the brothers of our father."

Young's Literal Translation
why is the name of our father withdrawn from the midst of his family because he hath no son? give to us a possession in the midst of the brethren of our father;'
Study Bible
The Daughters of Zelophehad
3"Our father died in the wilderness, yet he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons. 4"Why should the name of our father be withdrawn 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.…
Cross References
Numbers 27:3
"Our father died in the wilderness, yet he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons.

Numbers 27:5
So Moses brought their case before the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he has no son? Give to us therefore a possession among the brothers of our father.

Numbers 15:34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should …

Exodus 18:15-19 And Moses said to his father in law, Because the people come to me …

Exodus 25:22 And there I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from …

Leviticus 24:12,13 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be showed them…

Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding…

Verse 4. - Give unto us... a possession among the brethren of our father. The daughters of Zelophehad did not ask for any share of what had been their father's, but they asked that the lands which would have been assigned to their father in the settlement of Canaan might still be assigned to them, so that their father's name might attach to those lands, and be handed down with them. The request assumes that the "brethren" of Zelophehad would receive an inheritance in the promised land, either personally or as represented by their sons; hence it seems clear that Zelophehad was not of the elder generation, which had forfeited all their rights and expectations in Canaan, but of the younger, to whom the inheritance was transferred (Numbers 14:29-32). This is confirmed by the consideration that these women were not married until some time after this (Numbers 36:11; cf. Joshua 17:8, 4), and must, therefore, according to the almost invariable custom, have been quite young at this time. It is reasonable to suppose that the heads of separate families to whom the land was distributed would be at this time men of from forty-five to sixty years of age, comprising the elder half of the generation which grew up in the wilderness. Zelophehad would have been among these, but that he was cut off, perhaps in the plague of serpents, or in the plague of the Arboth Mesh, and left only unmarried girls to represent him. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son.... Or be withdrawn, and his family lose their part and share on that account; this they thought was unreasonable: according to the Targum of Jonathan, to prevent the name of their father being lost, and his part in the land, their motion was, that their mother might marry their father's brother, according to the law in Deuteronomy 25:5, with which Jarchi agrees; but it does not appear that that law was as yet in being; though how otherwise the name of their father would be preserved, than by raising up seed in that way, is not easy to say; except, as some think, it was done by a son of one of those heiresses, or by the first son of everyone of them, being called after the name of their grandfather Zelophehad, or their mother's grandfather Hepher; though the Jews (t) commonly by the "name" understand no other than the "inheritance", which seems to be confirmed by what follows:

give us therefore a possession among the brethren of our fathers; a part with their uncles, or their children; by which they express their faith that the children of Israel would inherit the land, though as yet it was not conquered, nor even entered into; and might signify, as some think, their concern to have a part and portion in the heavenly inheritance the land of Canaan was typical of; and if so, as Ainsworth observes, they may be considered as five wise virgins indeed.

(t) Pesikta, T. Bab. Jebamot, fol. 49. 1. Moses Cotzensis Praecept. Affirm. 51. Apud Selden. de Succession. ad leg. Ebra. c. 14. p. 97, 98. 4. Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father—Those young women perceived that the males only in families had been registered in the census. Because there were none in their household, their family was omitted. So they made known their grievance to Moses, and the authorities conjoined with him in administering justice. The case was important; and as the peculiarity of daughters being the sole members of a family would be no infrequent or uncommon occurrence, the law of inheritance, under divine authority, was extended not only to meet all similar cases, but other cases also—such as when there were no children left by the proprietor, and no brothers to succeed him. A distribution of the promised land was about to be made; and it is interesting to know the legal provision made in these comparatively rare cases for preserving a patrimony from being alienated to another tribe. (See on [94]Nu 36:5).27:1-11 The five daughters of Zelophehad considered themselves as left destitute, having neither father nor brother to inherit any land. Their believing expectation that the word of the Lord would be performed in due season, and their desire of an interest in the promised inheritance; and the modest, candid manner in which they asked, without secret murmurs or discontents, are a good example. They ask for a possession in the land of Canaan. Herein they discovered, 1. Strong faith in the power and promise of God, concerning the giving of the land of Canaan to Israel. 2. And earnest desire of a place and name in the land of promise, which was a type of heaven. 3. Respect and honour for their father, whose name was dear to them now he was gone. He never had done any thing that might bar his children's claim. It is a comfort to parents when they come to die, if though they have smarted for their own sin, yet they are not conscious of any of those iniquities which God will visit on their children. God himself gives judgment. He takes notice of the affairs, not only of nations, but of private families, and orders them according to his will. The petition is granted. Those who seek an inheritance in the land of promise, shall have what they seek for, and other things shall be added to them.
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