18 When aJethro, bthe priest of Midian, Moses’ 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; 2 Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, cafter he had sent her back, 3 And her dtwo sons; of which the name of the one was ||Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land: 4 And the name of the other was ||Eliezer; for the God of my father, esaid he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh: 5 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at fthe mount of God: 6 And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her. 7 And Moses gwent out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and hkissed him; and they asked each other of their †welfare; and they came into the tent. 8 And Moses told his father in law all that the Lord had done unto 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. 9 And Jethro irejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10 And Jethro said, kBlessed 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. 11 Now I know that the Lord is lgreater than all gods: mfor in the thing wherein they ndealt proudly he was above them. 12 And Jethro, Moses’ 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’ father in law obefore God.
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 unto the evening. 14 And when Moses’ 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 unto even? 15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because pthe people come unto me to inquire of God: 16 When they have qa matter, they come unto me; and I judge between †one and another, and I do rmake them know the statutes of God, and his laws. 17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. 18 †Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; sthou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and tGod shall be with thee: Be thou ufor the people to God-ward, that thou mayest xbring the causes unto God: 20 And thou shalt yteach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them zthe way wherein they must walk, and athe work that they must do. 21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people bable men, such as cfear God, dmen of truth, ehating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22 And let them judge the people fat all seasons: gand it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear hthe burden with thee. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be iable to endure, and all this people shall also go to ktheir place in peace. 24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. 25 And lMoses 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. 26 And they judged the people mat all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and nhe went his way into his own land.
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