Whenever they have a dispute,1 it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God's decrees and laws."217
Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good.
You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.319
Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.4 You must be the people's representative before God and bring their disputes5 to him.
Teach them the decrees and laws,6 and show them the way to live7 and the duties they are to perform.821
But select capable men9 from all the people--men who fear10 God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain11--and appoint them as officials12 over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case13 to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share14 it with you.
If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied."
Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders15 of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.1626
They served as judges17 for the people at all times. The difficult cases18 they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.19