Parallel Bible results for Exodus 18

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Exodus 18

NLT 1 Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, heard about everything God had done for Moses and his people, the Israelites. He heard especially about how the had rescued them from 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. NLT 2 Earlier, Moses had sent his wife, Zipporah, and his two sons back to Jethro, who had taken them in. NIV 2 After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her NLT 3 (Moses’ first son was named Gershom, for Moses had said when the boy was born, “I have been a foreigner 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"; NLT 4 His second son was named Eliezer, for Moses had said, “The God of my ancestors was my helper; he rescued 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." NLT 5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, now came to visit Moses in the wilderness. He brought Moses’ wife and two sons with him, and they arrived while Moses and the people were camped near 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. NLT 6 Jethro had sent a message to Moses, saying, “I, Jethro, your father-in-law, am coming to see you with your wife and your two sons.” 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." NLT 7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law. He bowed low and kissed him. They asked about each other’s welfare and then went into Moses’ 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. NLT 8 Moses told his father-in-law everything the had done to Pharaoh and Egypt on behalf of Israel. He also told about all the hardships they had experienced along the way and how the had rescued his people from all their troubles. 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. NLT 9 Jethro was delighted when he heard about all the good things the had done for Israel as he rescued them from 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. NLT 10 “Praise the ,” Jethro said, “for he has rescued you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. Yes, he has rescued Israel from the powerful hand of Egypt! 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. NLT 11 I know now that the is greater than all other gods, because he rescued his people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians.” 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." NLT 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God. Aaron and all the elders of Israel came out and joined him in a sacrificial meal in God’s presence. 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. NLT 13 The next day, Moses took his seat to hear the people’s disputes against each other. They waited before him 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. NLT 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands 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?" NLT 15 Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. NIV 15 Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will. NLT 16 When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.” 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." NLT 17 “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. NIV 17 Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good. NLT 18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. 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. NLT 19 Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. 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. NLT 20 Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. NIV 20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. NLT 21 But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 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. NLT 22 They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for 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. NLT 23 If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home 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." NLT 24 Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions. NIV 24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. NLT 25 He chose capable men from all over Israel and appointed them as leaders over the people. He put them in charge of groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. NIV 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. NLT 26 These men were always available to solve the people’s common disputes. They brought the major cases to Moses, but they took care of the smaller matters 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. NLT 27 Soon after this, Moses said good-bye to his father-in-law, who returned to his own land. NIV 27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.