The laws of personal vows are outlined. Moses is to declare war against Midian for their role in trying to destroy Israel. An account of what spoils obtained in the war is given as well as how to divide it amongst the people.
The tribes of Gad and Reuben wish to remain east of the Jordan in the grasslands for their cattle as opposed to crossing the Jordan into the promised Land. Moses becomes angry that they will not enter the promised land and will go against G-d. In discussions, it is determined that the tribes of Gad and Reuben do want to cross the Jordan, but they want to settle east of the Jordan after entering the promised land. Moses agrees to such, with the condition that they be the tribes to lead the others into the conquest of the promised land.
We review the long journey the Israelites have taken from their Exodus to where they stand before crossing the Jordan. The boundaries of the promised land are outlined along with cities of refuge that can be used for exile or havens.
The daughters of Tzelafchad marry within their father’s tribe so that the lands they inherited from him stay within the tribe.