Visit of Jethro
18:1 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of
all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, [and]
that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt ;
18:2 Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah,
Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,
18:3 And her two sons ; of which the name of the one [was]
Gershom ; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land
18:4 And the name of the other [was] Eliezer ; for
the God of my father, [said he, was] mine help, and delivered me
from the sword of Pharaoh
18:5 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons
and his wife to Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at
the mount of God
18:6 And he said to Moses, I your father in law Jethro am
come to you, and your wife, and her two sons with her.
18:7 And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did
obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of [their]
welfare ; and they came into the tent.
18:8 And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had
done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, [and]
all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and [how]
the LORD delivered them.
18:9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD
had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the
18:10 And Jethro said, Blessed [be] the LORD, who
has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of
the hand of Pharaoh, who has delivered the people from under the
hand of the Egyptians.
18:11 Now I know that the LORD [is] greater than all
gods for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly [he was]
18:12 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering
and sacrifices for God and Aaron came, and all the elders of
Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God.
Jethro counsels Moses then departs
18:13 And it came to pass on the next day, that Moses sat to
judge the people and the people stood by Moses from the morning to the evening.
18:14 And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to
the people, he said, What [is] this thing that you do to
the people ? why do you sit alone, and all the people stand by
you from morning to even ?
18:15 And Moses said to his father in law, Because the
people come to me to enquire of God
18:16 When they have a matter, they come to me; and I judge
between one and another, and I do make [them] know the
statutes of God, and his laws.
18:17 And Moses' father in law said to him, The thing that
you do [is] not good.
18:18 You will surely wear away, both you, and this people
that [is] with you for this thing [is] too heavy for
you; you are not able to perform it yourself alone.
18:19 Hearken now to my voice, I will give you counsel, and
God shall be with you Be you for the people to God-ward, that you
may bring the causes to God
18:20 And you will teach them ordinances and laws, and will
show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they
18:21 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able
men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness ; and
place [such] over them, [to be] rulers of thousands, [and]
rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens
18:22 And let them judge the people at all seasons and it
shall be, [that] every great matter they shall bring to you,
but every small matter they shall judge so shall it be easier for
yourself, and they shall bear [the burden] with you.
18:23 If you do this thing, and God command you [so],
then you shall be able to endure, and all this people shall also
go to their place in peace.
18:24 So Moses listened to the voice of his father in law,
and did all that he had said.
18:25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made
them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of
hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
18:26 And they judged the people at all seasons the hard
causes they brought to Moses, but every small matter they
18:27 And Moses let his father in law depart ; and he went
his way into his own land.
Exodus Index || Main Index
1 || Chapter 2 || Chapter 3 || Chapter
4 || Chapter 5 || Chapter
6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8 || Chapter
9 || Chapter 10
11 || |Chapter 12 || Chapter 13 || Chapter
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18 || Chapter
19 || Chapter 20
21 || Chapter 22 || Chapter 23 || Chapter
24 || Chapter 25 || Chapter
26 || Chapter 27 || Chapter 28 || Chapter
29 || Chapter 30
31 || Chapter 32 || Chapter 33 || Chapter
34 || Chapter 35 || Chapter
36 || Chapter 37 || Chapter 38 || Chapter
39 || Chapter 40