36:1 Then the heads of the family groups 1 of the Gileadites, the descendant of Machir, the descendant of Manasseh, who were from the Josephite families, approached and spoke before Moses 2 and the leaders who were the heads of the Israelite families. 3 36:2 They said, “The Lord commanded my lord to give 4 the land as an inheritance by lot to the Israelites; and my lord was commanded by the Lord to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. 36:3 Now if they should be married to one of the men 5 from another Israelite tribe, their inheritance would be taken from the inheritance of our fathers and added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry. 6 As a result, it will be taken from the lot of our inheritance. 36:4 And when the Jubilee of the Israelites is to take place, 7 their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry. So their inheritance will be taken away from the inheritance of our ancestral tribe.” 8
1 tn The expression is “the heads of the fathers by the family of the Gileadites.”
2 tn The Greek and the Syriac add “and before Eleazar the priest.”
3 tn Heb “heads of the fathers.”
4 tn The infinitive construct “to give” serves here as the complement or object of the verb, answering what the
5 tn “Men” is understood; it says “to one from the sons of the tribes of the Israelites for a wife,” or if he has her for a wife.
6 tn Heb “which they will be to them,” meaning, to those who have them, i.e., the marriages.
7 tn The verb הָיָה (hayah) is most often translated “to be,” but it can also mean “to happen, to take place, to come to pass,” etc.
8 tn Heb “the tribe of our fathers.”