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Exodus 18 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:1 - Jethro, the priest of Mid'ian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:2 - Now Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken Zippo'rah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:3 - and her two sons, of whom the name of the one was Gershom (for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land"),

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:4 - and the name of the other, Elie'zer (for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh").

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:5 - And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:6 - And when one told Moses, "Lo, your father-in-law Jethro is coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her,"

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:7 - Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and did obeisance and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare, and went into the tent.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:8 - Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had come upon them in the way, and how the LORD had delivered them.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:9 - And Jethro rejoiced for all the good which the LORD had done to Israel, in that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:10 - And Jethro said, "Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:11 - Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because he delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians, when they dealt arrogantly with them."

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:12 - And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, offered a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law before God.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:13 - On the morrow Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from morning till evening.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:14 - When Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, "What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand about you from morning till evening?"

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:15 - And Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God;

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:16 - when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God and his decisions."

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:17 - Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:18 - You and the people with you will wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it alone.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:19 - Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God, and bring their cases to God;

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:20 - and you shall teach them the statutes and the decisions, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:21 - Moreover choose able men from all the people, such as fear God, men who are trustworthy and who hate a bribe; and place such men over the people as rulers of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:22 - And let them judge the people at all times; every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves; so it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:23 - If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace."

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:24 - So Moses gave heed to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:25 - Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:26 - And they judged the people at all times; hard cases they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 18:27 - Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went his way to his own country.
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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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