Exodus 18


Jethro Reunites with Moses

1[9heard 1And 2Jethro 3the 4priest 5of Midian 6the 7father-in-law 8of Moses] all as much as the  lord did to Israel, to his own people; [3led 1for 2the  lord] Israel out of Egypt. 2[6took 1And 2Jethro 3the 4father-in-law 5of Moses] Zipporah the wife of Moses after her release, 3and the two sons of his -- the name to the one was Gershom, saying, I was a sojourner in [2land 1an alien]. 4And the name of the second was Eliezer, saying, For the God of my father is my helper, and he rescued me from out of the hand of Pharaoh. 5And came forth Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, and the sons, and the wife, to Moses, into the wilderness of which place he camped at the mountain of God. 6And it was announced to Moses, saying, Behold, your father-in-law Jethro comes to you, and your wife, and [2two 3sons 1your] with him. 7[3came forth 1And 2Moses] to meet with his father-in-law; and he did obeisance to him, and he kissed him, and they greeted one another, and he brought them into the tent. 8And Moses described to his father-in-law all as much as the  lord did to Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians, on account of Israel; and all the trouble, the one coming to them in the way; and that [2rescued 3them 1the  lord] from out of the hand of Pharaoh, and from out of the hand of the Egyptians. 9[3was amazed 1And 2Jethro] by all the good things which [2did 3to them 1the  lord]; that [2rescued 3them 1the  lord] from out of the hand of the Egyptians, and from out of the hand of Pharaoh. 10And Jethro said, Blessed be the  lord, for he rescued his people from out of the hand of the Egyptians, and from out of the hand of Pharaoh. 11Now I know that the  lord is great above all the gods, because of of this -- that they made an attempt against them. 12And [5took 1Jethro 2the 3father-in-law 4of Moses] whole burnt-offerings, and sacrifices to God. [8came 1For 2Aaron 3and 4all 5the 6elders 7of Israel] to eat bread with the father-in-law of Moses before God.

Jethro Advises Moses

13And it came to pass after the next day, Moses sat down to judge the people, [5stood by 1and 2all 3the 4people] Moses from morning until evening. 14And Jethro seeing all as much as he did to the people, says, What is this which you do to the people? Why do you sit down alone, and all the people stand by you from morning until afternoon? 15And Moses says to his father-in-law, Because [3come 4to 5me 1the 2people] to seek after a judgment from God. 16For whenever there is to them a dispute, and they should come to me, I litigate each, and I instruct them in the orders of God, and his law. 17[4said 1And 2the 3father-in-law] to Moses to him, Not rightly do you do this thing. 18[5corruption 3will be corrupted 4in unsufferable 1And 2you], and all this people, which is with you. [2is heavy 3on you 1This thing], you will not be able to act yourself alone. 19Now then hear me! and I shall advise you, and God will be with you. You become to the people, the one before God! and you shall offer their words to God. 20And you shall testify to them the orders of God, and his law, and you shall signify to them the ways in which they shall go by them, and the works which they shall do. 21And you yourself look about all the people for men mighty and godly! [2men 1just] detesting pride. And you shall place them over them commanders of thousands, and commanders of hundreds, and commanders of fifties, and commanders of tens. 22And they shall judge the people at every hour. But the [2thing 1enormous] they shall offer unto you; but the little matters of the judgments, they shall judge them; and they shall lighten the load from you, and shall give aid to you. 23If this thing you do, then [2will strengthen 3you 1God], and you will be able to stand, and all this people shall come unto their own place with peace. 24[3hearkened 1And 2Moses] to the voice of his father-in-law, and he did as much as he said to him. 25And Moses chose [2men 1mighty] from all Israel, and appointed them over them as commanders of thousands, and commanders of hundreds, and commanders of fifties, and commanders of tens, and judicial recorders. 26And they judged the people every hour, but the [2matter 1enormous] they offered to Moses. But every [2matter 1light] they judged themselves. 27[3sent out 1And 2Moses] his own father-in-law, and he went forth unto his land.
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