Deuteronomy 1:9-18 (English Standard Version)

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9 "At that time 1I said to you, 'I am not able to bear you by myself. 10 The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, 2you are today as numerous as the stars of heaven. 11 3May the LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, 4as he has promised you! 12 5How can I bear by myself the weight and burden of you and your strife? 13 6Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.' 14 And you answered me, 'The thing that you have spoken is good for us to do.' 15 So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, 7and set them as heads over you, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, commanders of fifties, commanders of tens, and officers, throughout your tribes. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, 'Hear the cases between your brothers, and 8judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. 17 9You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for 10the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall 11bring to me, and I will hear it.' 18 And I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do.
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