Exodus 18:20

20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.

Exodus 18:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
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.
NLT
20 Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives.
MSG
20 Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do.
CSB
20 Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do.

Exodus 18:20 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 18:20

And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws
Both with respect to things civil and religious, which he should receive from God:

and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk;
the path of faith and duty, the way of truth, holiness, and righteousness:

and the work that they must do;
both with respect to God, and one another, the various duties and exercises of religion, everything relating to their moral, religious, and civil conduct.

Exodus 18:20 In-Context

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.
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.
20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.
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.
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.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Deuteronomy 4:1,5; Deuteronomy 5:1; Ps 119:12,26,68
  • 2. Psalms 143:8
  • 3. S Genesis 39:11; Deuteronomy 1:18