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Exodus 18

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1 And Jethro, the priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, when the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt,
2 and Jethro took the father-in-law of Moses, Zipporah, the wife of Moses, before that returned
3 and her two sons, of whom one name was Gershum, because he said [Moses]: I am a stranger in a strange land;
4 and another name is Eliezer, because [he said] the God of my father was an assistant to me and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.
5 And Jethro came, the father-in-law of Moses, with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness, where he camped by the mountain of God,
6 and he made known to Moses: I, thy father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you, and your wife, and her two sons with her.

7 Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and bowed and kissed him, and after mutual greeting they entered the tent.
eight And Moses told his father-in-law about everything that the Lord did with Pharaoh and with the Egyptians for Israel, and about all the difficulties that they met on the way, and how the Lord delivered them.
nine Jethro rejoiced over all the blessings that the Lord had shown to Israel when he delivered him from the hand of the Egyptians.
ten and Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh, who delivered the people from the power of the Egyptians;
eleven now I have learned that the Lord is greater than all the gods, in the very way in which they were exalted over [the Israelites].
12 And Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, offered a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came and all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law before God.

13 The next day, Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood before Moses from morning to evening.
fourteen And he saw the father-in-law of Moses, everything that he does with the people, and said: what are you doing with the people? why are you sitting alone, and all the people stand before you from morning to evening?
fifteen And Moses said to his father-in-law: the people come to me to ask God for judgment;
16 when something happens to them, they come to me, and I judge between one and the other and declare the statutes of God and His laws.
17 But the father-in-law of Moses said to him: it’s not good that you do it:
18 you will torment yourself and this people who are with you, for this is too hard for you: you alone cannot correct it;
19 so listen to my words; I will give you advice, and God will be with you: be a mediator for the people before God and present to God his deeds;
20 teach them the charters and laws of [God], show them the way of [Him], along which they should go, and the things that they should do;
21 you see from the whole people capable people, who are afraid of God, truthful people who hate self-interest, and put [them] over him with the thousand captains, captains, fifty captains and ten capitals;
22 may they judge the people at all times and inform you of every important matter, and judge all small matters themselves: it will be easier for you and they will bear the burden with you [burden];
23 if you do this, and God commands you, then you can resist, and all this people will go to their place in peace.
24 And Moses listened to his father-in-law's words and did everything that he said;
25 and Moses chose capable people from all over Israel and made them leaders of the people, thousand captains, captains, fifty captains and ten captains.
26 and they judged the people at all times; Moses informed of important matters, and all small matters were judged by themselves.
27 And Moses sent away his father-in-law, and he went into his land.

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