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This enumeration does indeed represent an interest in numbers. But it is plain that its purpose was not to learn, through determination of numbers, the numerical strength of the nation as a fighting force. Nor does the command, “Take the sum of all the congregation. . . from twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go to war in Israel,” lend support to this view. It can be shown from the context that the meaning of this instruction is: “Enumerate all of twenty years old andabove, those in this class disqualified for combat service by sickness and the infirmities of age as well as those physically fit for such service; but exclude from the enumeration all such who have not attained to the age of twenty.” The clause, “all that are able to go to war in Israel,” was calculated to exclude from the enumeration solely the youth beneath twenty, as these in the eyes of God were still too young to be counted. If the enumeration had included only those of military age who went to war, the land would have gone to the soldiers in Israel and the sick would have been disinherited, as also those families in Israel in which there were no male Israelites. But the evidence that the Lord, in dividing the land among His people, was also mindful of these is the case of the five daughters of Zelophehad, the offspring of Manasseh. Zelophehad, the father of these daughters, had died in the wilderness without sons having been born to him to preserve his memory in a corresponding inheritance. The request of these daughters therefore is that, there being no sons, they be given a possession among the brethren of their father that his name might be preserved among his family. They based their demand upon their father’s right which he had not forfeited. He was not in the company of Korah but died in his own sin, i.e., he had not, as Korah and his company, hastened his death through a special transgression. Moses brought their cause before the Lord by whom it was maintained in the following emphatic language: “The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shaft surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.” Thus, whereas he enumeration included even female Israelites, daughters of a deceased sire who had no sons, its purpose could not have been to determine the magnitude of Israel’s fighting forces.