36:1 And the a chief fathers of the families of the children
of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the
families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spake before
Moses, and before the princes, the chief fathers of the
children of Israel:
(a) It seems that the tribes contended who might marry
these daughters to have their inheritance: and
therefore the sons of Joseph proposed the matter to
36:2 And they said, The LORD commanded b my lord to give the
land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel:
and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the
inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters.
(b) Meaning Moses.
36:4 And when the c jubile of the children of Israel shall be,
then shall their inheritance be put unto the inheritance of
the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall their
inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe
of our fathers.
(c) Signifying that at no time could it return, for in the
Jubile all things returned to their own tribes.
36:5 And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the
word of the LORD, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph
hath said d well.
(d) For the tribe could not have continued, if the
inheritance which was the maintenance of it should have
been alienated to others.
36:8 And every daughter, that possesseth an e inheritance in
any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one
of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children
of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his
(e) When there is no male to inherit.
36:13 These [are] the f commandments and the judgments, which
the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children
of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan [near] Jericho.