As his reward for his zealousness (in last week's sidra), Pinhas is promised by God that his descendants would be in the possession of the High Priesthood for succeeding generations. God also extends to Pinhas his special covenant of peace.
In preparation for the conquest of Canaan, Moses and Elazar are commanded to take a census of the Israelites to ascertain the number of males above the age of twenty eligible for military service. This census will also provide the basis for the division of the land among the tribes based upon their population. The total is slightly more than 600,000.
Since the apportionment of the land and all future inheritances are restricted to male family members, the case of the late Tzelofchad's five daughters requires special adjudication. The matter is submitted to God by Moses, who is then informed that daughters may inherit if there are no sons.
God discloses to Moses that his end is near. Moses' immediate concern is for the welfare of the people and he asks that a successor with certain qualities be appointed. Moses is directed to present Joshua to the nation.
The sidra concludes with a comprehensive description of all public sacrifices offered daily, weekly and on holidays.