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 Exodus 18:1 - 27
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   Book of Exodus
   Chapter 18
18:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.
 
18:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her
 
18:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and her two sons. One son was named Gershom, F39 for Moses said, "I have become an alien in a foreign land";
 
18:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and the other was named Eliezer, F40 for he said, "My father's God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh."
 
18:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, together with Moses' sons and wife, came to him in the desert, where he was camped near the mountain of God.
 
18:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Jethro had sent word to him, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons."
 
18:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent.
 
18:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Moses told his father-in-law about everything the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel's sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the LORD had saved them.
 
18:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.
 
18:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He said, "Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians.
 
18:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly."
 
18:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God.
 
18:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening.
 
18:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, "What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?"
 
18:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will.
 
18:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God's decrees and laws."
 
18:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good.
 
18:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
 
18:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people's representative before God and bring their disputes to him.
 
18:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.
 
18:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
 
18:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.
 
18:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied."
 
18:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
 
18:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
 
18:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.
 
18:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F39 Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for an alien there.
F40 Eliezer means my God is helper.

 
 

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