Today's reading

Reading 1

Numbers chapter 25

(Num 25:1) And Israel dwelleth in Shittim, and the people begin to go a-whoring unto daughters of Moab,

(Num 25:2) and they call for the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people eat, and bow themselves to their gods,

(Num 25:3) and Israel is joined to Baal-Peor, and the anger of Jehovah burneth against Israel.

(Num 25:4) And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them before Jehovah -- over-against the sun; and the fierceness of the anger of Jehovah doth turn back from Israel.`

(Num 25:5) And Moses saith unto the judges of Israel, `Slay ye each his men who are joined to Baal-Peor.`

(Num 25:6) And lo, a man of the sons of Israel hath come, and bringeth in unto his brethren the Midianitess, before the eyes of Moses, and before the eyes of all the company of the sons of Israel, who are weeping at the opening of the tent of meeting;

(Num 25:7) and Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, the priest, seeth, and riseth from the midst of the company, and taketh a javelin in his hand,

(Num 25:8) and goeth in after the man of Israel unto the hollow place, and pierceth them both, the man of Israel and the woman -- unto her belly, and the plague is restrained from the sons of Israel;

(Num 25:9) and the dead by the plague are four and twenty thousand.

(Num 25:10) And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

(Num 25:11) `Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, hath turned back My fury from the sons of Israel, by his being zealous with My zeal in their midst, and I have not consumed the sons of Israel in My zeal.

(Num 25:12) `Therefore say, Lo, I am giving to him My covenant of peace,

(Num 25:13) and it hath been to him and to his seed after him a covenant of a priesthood age-during, because that he hath been zealous for his God, and doth make atonement for the sons of Israel.`

(Num 25:14) And the name of the man of Israel who is smitten, who hath been smitten with the Midianitess, [is] Zimri son of Salu, prince of the house of a father of the Simeonite;

(Num 25:15) and the name of the woman who is smitten, the Midianitess, [is] Cozbi daughter of Zur, head of a people -- of the house of a father in Midian [is] he.

(Num 25:16) And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

(Num 25:17) `Distress the Midianites, and ye have smitten them,

(Num 25:18) for they are adversaries to you with their frauds, [with] which they have acted fraudulently to you, concerning the matter of Peor, and concerning the matter of Cozbi, daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, who is smitten in the day of the plague for the matter of Peor.`

Reading 2

Numbers chapter 26

(Num 26:1) And it cometh to pass, after the plague, that Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, and unto Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, saying,

(Num 26:2) `Take up the sum of all the company of the sons of Israel, from a son of twenty years and upward, by the house of their fathers, every one going out to the host in Israel.`

(Num 26:3) And Moses speaketh -- Eleazar the priest also -- with them, in the plains of Moab, by Jordan, [near] Jericho, saying,

(Num 26:4) `From a son of twenty years and upward,` as Jehovah hath commanded Moses and the sons of Israel who are coming out from the land of Egypt.

(Num 26:5) Reuben, first-born of Israel -- sons of Reuben: [of] Hanoch [is] the family of the Hanochite; of Pallu the family of the Palluite;

(Num 26:6) of Hezron the family of the Hezronite; of Carmi the family of the Carmite.

(Num 26:7) These [are] families of the Reubenite, and their numbered ones are three and forty thousand and seven hundred and thirty.

(Num 26:8) And the son of Pallu [is] Eliab;

(Num 26:9) and the sons of Eliab [are] Nemuel and Dathan and Abiram; this [is that] Dathan and Abiram, called ones of the company, who have striven against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, in their striving against Jehovah,

(Num 26:10) and the earth openeth her mouth, and swalloweth them and Korah, in the death of the company, in the fire consuming the two hundred and fifty men, and they become a sign;

(Num 26:11) and the sons of Korah died not.

(Num 26:12) Sons of Simeon by their families: of Nemuel [is] the family of the Nemuelite; of Jamin the family of the Jaminite; of Jachin the family of the Jachinite;

(Num 26:13) of Zerah the family of the Zarhite; of Shaul the family of the Shaulite.

(Num 26:14) These [are] families of the Simeonite, two and twenty thousand and two hundred.

(Num 26:15) Sons of Gad by their families: of Zephon [is] the family of the Zephonite; of Haggi the family of the Haggite; of Shuni the family of the Shunite;

(Num 26:16) of Ozni the family of the Oznite; of Eri the family of the Erite:

(Num 26:17) of Arod the family of the Arodite; of Areli the family of the Arelite.

(Num 26:18) These [are] families of the sons of Gad, by their numbered ones, forty thousand and five hundred.

(Num 26:19) Sons of Judah [are] Er and Onan; and Er dieth -- Onan also -- in the land of Canaan.

(Num 26:20) And sons of Judah, by their families, are: of Shelah the family of the Shelanite; of Pharez the family of the Pharzite; of Zerah the family of the Zarhite;

(Num 26:21) and sons of Pharez are: of Hezron the family of the Hezronite; of Hamul the family of the Hamulite.

(Num 26:22) These [are] families of Judah, by their numbered ones, six and seventy thousand and five hundred.

(Num 26:23) Sons of Issachar by their families; [of] Tola [is] the family of the Tolaite; of Pua the family of the Punite;

(Num 26:24) of Jashub the family of the Jashubite; of Shimron the family of the Shimronite.

(Num 26:25) These [are] families of Issachar, by their numbered ones, four and sixty thousand and three hundred.

(Num 26:26) Sons of Zebulun by their families: of Sered [is] the family of the Sardite; of Elon the family of the Elonite; of Jahleel the family of the Jahleelite.

(Num 26:27) These [are] families of the Zebulunite by their numbered ones, sixty thousand and five hundred.

(Num 26:28) Sons of Joseph by their families [are] Manasseh and Ephraim.

(Num 26:29) Sons of Manasseh: of Machir [is] the family of the Machirite; and Machir hath begotten Gilead; of Gilead [is] the family of the Gileadite.

(Num 26:30) These [are] sons of Gilead: [of] Jeezer [is] the family of the Jeezerite; of Helek the family of the Helekite;

(Num 26:31) and [of] Asriel the family of the Asrielite; and [of] Shechem the family of the Shechemite;

(Num 26:32) and [of] Shemida the family of the Shemidaite; and [of] Hepher the family of the Hepherite.

(Num 26:33) And Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons but daughters, and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad [are] Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

(Num 26:34) These [are] families of Manasseh, and their numbered ones [are] two and fifty thousand and seven hundred.

(Num 26:35) These [are] sons of Ephraim by their families: of Shuthelah [is] the family of the Shuthelhite; of Becher the family of the Bachrite; of Tahan the family of the Tahanite.

(Num 26:36) And these [are] sons of Shuthelah: of Eran the family of the Eranite.

(Num 26:37) These [are] families of the sons of Ephraim, by their numbered ones, two and thirty thousand and five hundred. These [are] sons of Joseph by their families.

(Num 26:38) Sons of Benjamin by their families: of Bela [is] the family of the Belaite; of Ashbel the family of the Ashbelite; of Ahiram the family of the Ahiramite;

(Num 26:39) of Shupham the family of the Shuphamite; of Hupham the family of the Huphamite.

(Num 26:40) And sons of Bela are Ard and Naaman: [of Ard is] the family of the Ardite: of Naaman the family of the Naamite.

(Num 26:41) These [are] sons of Benjamin by their families, and their numbered ones [are] five and forty thousand and six hundred.

(Num 26:42) These [are] sons of Dan by their families: of Shuham [is] the family of the Shuhamite; these [are] families of Dan by their families;

(Num 26:43) all the families of the Shuhamite, by their numbered ones, [are] four and sixty thousand and four hundred.

(Num 26:44) Sons of Asher by their families: of Jimna [is] the family of the Jimnite; of Jesui the family of the Jesuite; of Beriah the family of the Beriite.

(Num 26:45) Of sons of Beriah: of Heber [is] the family of the Heberite; of Malchiel the family of the Malchielite.

(Num 26:46) And the name of the daughter of Asher [is] Sarah.

(Num 26:47) These [are] families of the sons of Asher, by their numbered ones, three and fifty thousand and four hundred.

(Num 26:48) Sons of Naphtali by their families: of Jahzeel [is] the family of the Jahzeelite; of Guni the family of the Gunite;

(Num 26:49) of Jezer the family of the Jezerite; of Shillem the family of the Shillemite.

(Num 26:50) These [are] families of Naphtali by their families, and their numbered ones [are] five and forty thousand and four hundred.

(Num 26:51) These [are] numbered ones of the sons of Israel, six hundred thousand, and a thousand, seven hundred and thirty.

(Num 26:52) And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

(Num 26:53) `To these is the land apportioned by inheritance, by the number of names;

(Num 26:54) to the many thou dost increase their inheritance, and to the few thou dost diminish their inheritance; [to] each according to his numbered ones is given his inheritance.

(Num 26:55) `Only by lot is the land apportioned, by the names of the tribes of their fathers they inherit;

(Num 26:56) according to the lot is their inheritance apportioned between many and few.`

(Num 26:57) And these [are] numbered ones of the Levite by their families: of Gershon [is] the family of the Gershonite; of Kohath the family of the Kohathite; of Merari the family of the Merarite.

(Num 26:58) These [are] families of the Levite: the family of the Libnite, the family of the Hebronite, the family of the Mahlite, the family of the Mushite, the family of the Korathite. And Kohath hath begotten Amram,

(Num 26:59) and the name of Amram`s wife is Jochebed, daughter of Levi, whom [one] hath born to Levi in Egypt; and she beareth to Amram Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam their sister.

(Num 26:60) And born to Aaron Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar;

(Num 26:61) and Nadab dieth -- Abihu also -- in their bringing near strange fire before Jehovah.

(Num 26:62) And their numbered ones are three and twenty thousand, every male from a son of a month and upwards, for they have not numbered themselves in the midst of the sons of Israel; for an inheritance hath not been given to them in the midst of the sons of Israel.

(Num 26:63) These [are] those numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who have numbered the sons of Israel in the plains of Moab, by Jordan, [near] Jericho;

(Num 26:64) and among these there hath not been a man of those numbered by Moses, and Aaron the priest, who numbered the sons of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai,

(Num 26:65) for Jehovah said of them, `They do certainly die in the wilderness;` and there hath not been left of them a man save Caleb son of Jephunneh, and Joshua son of Nun.

Reading 3

Numbers chapter 27

(Num 27:1) And daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh son of Joseph, draw near -- and these [are] the names of his daughters, Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah --

(Num 27:2) and stand before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes, and all the company, at the opening of the tent of meeting, saying:

(Num 27:3) `Our father died in the wilderness, and he -- he was not in the midst of the company who were met together against Jehovah in the company of Korah, but for his own sin he died, and had no sons;

(Num 27:4) 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;`

(Num 27:5) and Moses bringeth near their cause before Jehovah.

(Num 27:6) And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

(Num 27:7) `Rightly are the daughters of Zelophehad speaking; thou dost certainly give to them a possession of an inheritance in the midst of their father`s brethren, and hast caused to pass over the inheritance of their father to them.

(Num 27:8) `And unto the sons of Israel thou dost speak, saying, When a man dieth, and hath no son, then ye have caused his inheritance to pass over to his daughter;

(Num 27:9) and if he have no daughter, then ye have given his inheritance to his brethren;

(Num 27:10) and if he have no brethren, then ye have given his inheritance to his father`s brethren;

(Num 27:11) and if his father have no brethren, then ye have given his inheritance to his relation who is near unto him of his family, and he hath possessed it;` and it hath been to the sons of Israel for a statute of judgment, as Jehovah hath commanded Moses.

(Num 27:12) And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Go up unto this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the sons of Israel;

(Num 27:13) and thou hast seen it, and thou hast been gathered unto thy people, also thou, as Aaron thy brother hath been gathered,

(Num 27:14) because ye provoked My mouth in the wilderness of Zin, in the strife of the company -- to sanctify Me at the waters before their eyes;` they [are] waters of Meribah, in Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin.

(Num 27:15) And Moses speaketh unto Jehovah, saying,

(Num 27:16) `Jehovah -- God of the spirits of all flesh -- appoint a man over the company,

(Num 27:17) who goeth out before them, and who cometh in before them, and who taketh them out, and who bringeth them in, and the company of Jehovah is not as sheep which have no shepherd.`

(Num 27:18) And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Take to thee Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom [is] the Spirit, and thou hast laid thine hand upon him,

(Num 27:19) and hast caused him to stand before Eleazar the priest, and before all the company, and hast charged him before their eyes,

(Num 27:20) and hast put of thine honour upon him, so that all the company of the sons of Israel do hearken.

(Num 27:21) `And before Eleazar the priest he standeth, and he hath asked for him by the judgment of the Lights before Jehovah; at His word they go out, and at His word they come in; he, and all the sons of Israel with him, even all the company.`

(Num 27:22) And Moses doth as Jehovah hath commanded him, and taketh Joshua, and causeth him to stand before Eleazar the priest, and before all the company,

(Num 27:23) and layeth his hands upon him, and chargeth him, as Jehovah hath spoken by the hand of Moses.