Exodus 18:26

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.

Exodus 18:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
ESV
26 And they judged the people at all times. Any hard case they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves.
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.
MSG
26 They took over the everyday work of judging among the people. They brought the hard cases to Moses, but in the routine cases they were the judges.
CSB
26 They judged the people at all times; the hard cases they would bring to Moses, but every minor case they would judge themselves.

Exodus 18:26 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 18:26

And they judged the people at all seasons
Any day in the week, or any time in the day, whenever there was any occasion for them, and cases were brought before them:

the hard cases they brought unto Moses;
that is, the judges brought them to Moses when such came before them which were too hard for them, it was difficult to them to determine rightly about them, then they brought them to be heard and decided by him; for the judges, and not the people, best knew when a case was hard or easy to determine:

but every small matter they judged themselves;
and gave it as they saw was most agreeable to justice and equity, and did not trouble Moses with it; by which means he was eased of a great deal of business and fatigue, which was Jethro's view in giving the advice he did.

Exodus 18:26 In-Context

24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
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.
27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Deuteronomy 16:18; 2 Chronicles 19:5; Ezra 7:25
  • 2. Deuteronomy 1:17
  • 3. ver 22