Exodus 18


18:1 When Jethro the priest of Midian, Moses's father-in-law,
 heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his
 people, [and] that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt:
18:2 Then Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, took Zipporah Moses's
 wife, after he had sent her back,
18:3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one [was]
 Gershom; (for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:)
18:4 And the name of the other [was] Eliezer; (for the God of my
 father, [said he], [was] my help, and delivered me from the
 sword of Pharaoh:)
18:5 And Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, came with his sons and
 his wife to Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the
 mount of God:
18:6 And he said to Moses, I thy father-in-law Jethro have come
 to thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
18:7 And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and did
 obeisance, and kissed him: and they asked each other of [their]
 welfare: and they came into the tent.
18:8 And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done
 to Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, [and] all
 the travail that had come upon them by the way, and [how] the
 LORD delivered them.
18:9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had
 done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the
 Egyptians.
18:10 And Jethro said, Blessed [be] the LORD, who hath delivered
 you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of
 Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of
 the Egyptians.
18:11 Now I know that the LORD [is] greater than all gods: for
 in the thing in which they dealt proudly, [he was] above them.
18:12 And Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, took a burnt-offering
 and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of
 Israel to eat bread with Moses's father-in-law before God.
18:13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge
 the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning to
 the evening.
18:14 And when Moses's father-in-law saw all that he did to the
 people, he said, What [is] this thing that thou doest to the
 people? Why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people
 stand by thee from morning to evening?
18:15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people
 come to me to inquire of God:
18:16 When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge
 between one and another, and I make [them] know the statutes of
 God, and his laws.
18:17 And Moses's father-in-law said to him, The thing that thou
 doest [is] not good.
18:18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people
 that [is] with thee: for this thing [is] too heavy for thee;
 thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
18:19 Hearken now to my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God
 shall be with thee: Be thou for the people toward God, that
 thou mayest bring the causes to God:
18:20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt
 show them the way in which they must walk, and the work that
 they must do.
18:21 Moreover, thou shalt provide out of all the people, able
 men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and
 place [such] over them [to be] rulers of thousands, [and]
 rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
18:22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall
 be, [that] every great matter they shall bring to thee, but
 every small matter they shall judge: So shall it be easier for
 thyself, and they shall bear [the burden] with thee.
18:23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee [so],
 then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall
 also go to their place in peace.
18:24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father-in-law, and
 did all that he had said.
18:25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them
 heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds,
 rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
18:26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes
 they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged
 themselves.
18:27 And Moses let his father-in-law depart; and he went his
 way into his own land.
 
 

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