Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case1 to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share2 it with you.
References for Exodus 18:22
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 leaders3 of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.4
References for Exodus 18:25
They served as judges5 for the people at all times. The difficult cases6 they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.7
References for Exodus 18:26
Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.8
References for Exodus 18:27