Deuteronomy 1:9

The Appointment of Leaders

9 At that time I said to you, “You are too heavy a burden for me to carry alone.

Read Deuteronomy 1:9 Using Other Translations

And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone:
"At that time I said to you, 'I am not able to bear you by myself.
Moses continued, “At that time I told you, ‘You are too great a burden for me to carry all by myself.

What does Deuteronomy 1:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 1:9

And I spake unto you at that time
About that time; for it was after the rock in Horeb was smitten, and before they encamped at Mount Sinai, that Jethro gave the advice which Moses took, and proceeded on it, as here related; see ( Exodus 18:1-27 )

saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone;
to rule and govern them, judge and determine matters between them. Jethro suggested this to Moses, and he took the hint, and was conscious to himself that it was too much for him, and so declared it to the people, though it is not before recorded; see ( Exodus 18:18 ) .

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