27Then the daughters of Zelophehad came forward. Zelophehad was son of Hepher son of Gilead son of Machir son of Manasseh son of Joseph, a member of the Manassite clans. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and they said, 3Our father died in the wilderness; he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin; and he had no sons. 4Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our fathers brothers.
5 Moses brought their case before the Lord. 6And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 7The daughters of Zelophehad are right in what they are saying; you shall indeed let them possess an inheritance among their fathers brothers and pass the inheritance of their father on to them. 8You shall also say to the Israelites, If a man dies, and has no son, then you shall pass his inheritance on to his daughter. 9If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his fathers brothers. 11And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest kinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. It shall be for the Israelites a statute and ordinance, as the Lord commanded Moses.
33 No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar,* but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. 35Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,
for his faithfulness endures for ever.
2 Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord
or show forth all his praise?
3 Blessed are those who observe what is right
and always do what is just.
4 Remember me, O Lord, in the favour you bear for your people;
visit me in the day of your salvation;
5 That I may see the prosperity of your chosen
and rejoice in the gladness of your people,
and exult with your inheritance.
6 We have sinned like our forebears;
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
7 In Egypt they did not consider your wonders,
nor remember the abundance of your faithful love;
they rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.
8 But he saved them for his names sake,
that he might make his power to be known.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up;
so he led them through the deep as through the wilderness.
10 He saved them from the adversarys hand
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 As for those that troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them;
there was not one of them left.
12 Then they believed his words
and sang aloud his praise.
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