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Exodus 18:13-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 It came about the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening. 14 Now when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?” 15 Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 When they have a [a]dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws.”

Jethro Counsels Moses

17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. 18 You will surely wear out, both yourself and [b]these people who are with you, for the [c]task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. 19 Now listen to [d]me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. [e]You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the [f]disputes to God, 20 then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do. 21 Furthermore, you shall [g]select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, [h]of hundreds, [i]of fifties and [j]of tens. 22 Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major [k]dispute they will bring to you, but every minor [l]dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this thing and God so commands you, then you will be able to [m]endure, and all [n]these people also will go to [o]their place in peace.”

24 So Moses listened [p]to his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 25 Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, leaders of thousands, [q]of hundreds, [r]of fifties and [s]of tens. 26 They judged the people at all times; the difficult [t]dispute they would bring to Moses, but every minor [u]dispute they themselves would judge. 27 Then Moses [v]bade his father-in-law farewell, and he went his way into his own land.

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 18:16 Lit matter
  2. Exodus 18:18 Lit this
  3. Exodus 18:18 Lit matter
  4. Exodus 18:19 Lit my voice
  5. Exodus 18:19 Lit You be for the people in front of God
  6. Exodus 18:19 Lit matters
  7. Exodus 18:21 Lit see
  8. Exodus 18:21 Lit leaders of
  9. Exodus 18:21 Lit leaders of
  10. Exodus 18:21 Lit leaders of
  11. Exodus 18:22 Lit matter
  12. Exodus 18:22 Lit matter
  13. Exodus 18:23 Lit stand
  14. Exodus 18:23 Lit this
  15. Exodus 18:23 Lit his
  16. Exodus 18:24 Lit to the voice of
  17. Exodus 18:25 Lit leaders of
  18. Exodus 18:25 Lit leaders of
  19. Exodus 18:25 Lit leaders of
  20. Exodus 18:26 Lit matter
  21. Exodus 18:26 Lit matter
  22. Exodus 18:27 Lit sent off his father-in-law
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