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Exodus 18

ESV 1 Jethro, 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. NIV 1 Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. ESV 2 Now Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her home, NIV 2 After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her ESV 3 along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land"), NIV 3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom, for Moses said, "I have become an alien in a foreign land"; ESV 4 and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh"). NIV 4 and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, "My father's God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh." ESV 5 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. NIV 5 Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, together with Moses' sons and wife, came to him in the desert, where he was camped near the mountain of God. ESV 6 And when he sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her," NIV 6 Jethro had sent word to him, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons." ESV 7 Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. And they asked each other of their welfare and went into the tent. NIV 7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. ESV 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. NIV 8 Moses told his father-in-law about everything the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel's sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the LORD had saved them. ESV 9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the LORD had done to Israel, in that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. NIV 9 Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. ESV 10 Jethro said, "Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. NIV 10 He said, "Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. ESV 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people." NIV 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly." ESV 12 And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought 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. NIV 12 Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God. ESV 13 The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. NIV 13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. ESV 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 around you from morning till evening?" NIV 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, "What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?" ESV 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God; NIV 15 Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will. ESV 16 when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws." NIV 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God's decrees and laws." ESV 17 Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good. NIV 17 Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good. ESV 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. NIV 18 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. ESV 19 Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, NIV 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people's representative before God and bring their disputes to him. ESV 20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. NIV 20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. ESV 21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. NIV 21 But select capable men from all the people--men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain--and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. ESV 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. NIV 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. ESV 23 If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace." NIV 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied." ESV 24 So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. NIV 24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. ESV 25 Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. NIV 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. ESV 26 And they judged the people at all times. Any hard case they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves. NIV 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves. ESV 27 Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went away to his own country. NIV 27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.