Exodus 18

1And Jethro the priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses, heard of all that the Lord did to His people Israel; for the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt. 2And Jethro the father-in-law of Moses, took Zipporah the wife of Moses after she had been sent away, 3and her two sons: the name of the one was Gershom, his father saying, I was a sojourner in a strange land; 4and the name of the second was Eliezer, saying, For the God of my father is my helper, and He has rescued me out of the hand of Pharaoh. 5And Jethro the father-in-law of Moses, and his sons and his wife, went forth to Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped on the mount of God. 6And it was told Moses, saying, Behold, your father-in-law Jethro is coming to you, and your wife and two sons with him. 7And Moses went forth to meet his father-in-law, and bowed down and kissed him, and they embraced each other, and he brought them into the tent. 8And Moses related to his father-in-law all things that the Lord did to Pharaoh and all the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the labor that had befallen them in the way, and that the Lord had rescued them out of the hand of Pharaoh, and out of the hand of the Egyptians. 9And Jethro was amazed at all the good things which the Lord did to them, forasmuch as he rescued them out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh. 10And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, because He has rescued them out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh. 11For now I know that the Lord is great above all gods, because of this, wherein they attacked them. 12And Jethro the father-in-law of Moses took whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for God, for Aaron and all the elders of Israel came to eat bread with the father-in-law of Moses before God. 13And it came to pass the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and all the people stood by Moses from morning till evening. 14And Jethro, having seen all that Moses did to the people, said, What is this that you do to the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand by you from morning till evening? 15And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to seek judgment from God. 16For whenever there is a dispute among them, and they come to me, I give judgment upon each, and I teach them the ordinances of God and His law. 17And the father-in-law of Moses said to him, The thing that you do is not good. 18You will wear away with intolerable weariness, both you and all these people who are with you: this thing is hard, you will not be able to endure it by yourself. 19Now then listen to me, and I will advise you, and God shall be with you: be all things to the people pertaining to God, and you shall bring their matters to God. 20And you shall testify to them the ordinances of God and His law, and you shall show to them the ways in which they shall walk, and the works which they shall do. 21Also you shall select for yourself able men out of all the people, God fearing men, righteous men, hating pride, and you shall set over the people captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens. 22And they shall judge the people at all times, and those matters too burdensome they shall bring to you, but they shall judge the smaller cases; so they shall relieve you and help you. 23If you will do this thing, God shall strengthen you, and you shall be able to endure, and all this people shall go into their own place with peace. 24And Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that he said to him. 25And Moses chose out able men out of all Israel, and he made them captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties and captains of tens over the people. 26And they judged the people at all times; and every matter too burdensome they brought to Moses, but every light matter they judged themselves. 27And Moses dismissed his father-in-law, and he returned to his own land.
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