12 (A)How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints? 13 Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them [a]heads over you.’ 14 And you answered me and said, ‘The thing which you have told us to do is good.’ 15 So I took (B)the heads of your tribes, wise and knowledgeable men, and [b]made them heads over you, leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, leaders of tens, and officers for your tribes.

16 “Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, ‘Hear the cases between your brethren, and (C)judge righteously between a man and his (D)brother or the stranger who is with him. 17 (E)You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for (F)the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, (G)bring to me, and I will hear it.’

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 1:13 rulers
  2. Deuteronomy 1:15 appointed