Exodus 18:1-16 (New American Standard)

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Jethro, Moses' Father-in-law

1 Now 1Jethro, the priest of Midian, 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. 2 Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Moses' wife 2Zipporah, after he had sent her away, 3 and her 3two sons, of whom aone was named Gershom, for Moses said, "I have been 4a bsojourner in a foreign land." 4 cThe other was named d5Eliezer, for he said, "6The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh." 5 Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses ein the wilderness where he was camped, at 7the mount of God. 6 He fsent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her." 7 Then Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and 8he bowed down and 9kissed him; and they 10asked each other of their welfare and went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians 11for Israel's sake , all the 12hardship that had befallen them on the journey, and how 13the LORD had delivered them. 9 Jethro rejoiced over all 14the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, gin delivering hthem from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 So Jethro said, "15Blessed be the LORD who delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh, and who delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 "Now I know that 16the LORD is greater than all the gods; iindeed, 17it was proven when they dealt proudly against jthe people." 12 18Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat ka meal with Moses' father-in-law before God. 13 It came about the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening. 14 Now when Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, "What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?" 15 Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me 19to inquire of God. 16 "When they have a l20dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws."
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