1 H3588 When H3503 Jethro, H3548 the priest H4080 of Midian, H4872 Moses’ H2859 father H2859 in law, H8085 heard H3605 of all H430 that God H6213 had done H4872 for Moses, H3478 and for Israel H5971 his people, H3068 and that the LORD H3318 had brought H3478 Israel H4714 out of Egypt;
2 H3503 Then Jethro, H4872 Moses’ H2859 father H2859 in law, H3947 took H6855 Zipporah, H4872 Moses’ H802 wife, H310 after H7964 he had sent her back,
3 H8147 And her two H1121 sons; H834 of which H8034 the name H259 of the one H1648 was Gershom; H559 for he said, H1961 I have been H1616 an alien H5237 in a strange H776 land:
4 H8034 And the name H259 of the other H461 was Eliezer; H430 for the God H1 of my father, H5828 said he, was my help, H5337 and delivered H2719 me from the sword H6547 of Pharaoh:
5 H3503 And Jethro, H4872 Moses’ H2859 father H2859 in law, H935 came H1121 with his sons H802 and his wife H4872 to Moses H413 into H4057 the wilderness, H834 where H8033 H2583 he encamped H2022 at the mount H430 of God:
6 H559 And he said H4872 to Moses, H2859 I your father H2859 in law H3503 Jethro H935 am come H802 to you, and your wife, H8147 and her two H1121 sons with her.
7 H4872 And Moses H3318 went H7125 out to meet H2859 his father H2859 in law, H7812 and did obeisance, H5401 and kissed H7592 him; and they asked H7453 each other H7965 of their welfare; H935 and they came H168 into the tent.
8 H4872 And Moses H5608 told H2859 his father H2859 in law H3605 all H3068 that the LORD H6213 had done H6547 to Pharaoh H4714 and to the Egyptians H3478 for Israel’s H182 sake, H3605 and all H8513 the travail H4672 that had come H1870 on them by the way, H3068 and how the LORD H5337 delivered them.
9 H3503 And Jethro H2302 rejoiced H3605 for all H2896 the goodness H834 which H3068 the LORD H6213 had done H3478 to Israel, H834 whom H5337 he had delivered H3027 out of the hand H4714 of the Egyptians.
10 H3503 And Jethro H559 said, H1288 Blessed H3068 be the LORD, H834 who H5337 has delivered H3027 you out of the hand H4714 of the Egyptians, H3027 and out of the hand H6547 of Pharaoh, H834 who H5337 has delivered H5971 the people H8478 from under H3027 the hand H4714 of the Egyptians.
11 H6258 Now H3045 I know H3068 that the LORD H1419 is greater H3605 than all H430 gods: H1697 for in the thing H834 wherein H2102 they dealt proudly H5921 he was above them.
12 H3503 And Jethro, H4872 Moses’ H2859 father H2859 in law, H3947 took H5930 a burnt H2077 offering and sacrifices H430 for God: H175 and Aaron H935 came, H3605 and all H2205 the elders H3478 of Israel, H398 to eat H3899 bread H4872 with Moses’ H2859 father H2859 in law H6440 before H430 God.
13 H1961 And it came H4283 to pass on the morrow, H4872 that Moses H3427 sat H8199 to judge H5971 the people: H5971 and the people H5975 stood H4872 by Moses H1242 from the morning H6153 to the evening.
14 H4872 And when Moses’ H2859 father H2859 in law H7200 saw H3605 all H6213 that he did H5971 to the people, H559 he said, H4100 What H2088 is this H1697 thing H6213 that you do H5971 to the people? H4069 why H3427 sit H859 you yourself H905 alone, H3605 and all H5971 the people H5324 stand H1242 by you from morning H6153 to even?
15 H4872 And Moses H559 said H2859 to his father H2859 in law, H3588 Because H5971 the people H935 come H1875 to me to inquire H430 of God:
16 H3588 When H1961 they have H1697 a matter, H935 they come H8199 to me; and I judge H996 between H376 one H7453 and another, H5414 and I do make H3045 them know H2706 the statutes H430 of God, H8451 and his laws.
17 H4872 And Moses’ H2859 father H2859 in law H559 said H1697 to him, The thing H6213 that you do H2896 is not good.
18 H5034 You will surely wear H1571 away, both H2088 you, and this H5971 people H1697 that is with you: for this thing H3515 is too heavy H3201 for you; you are not able H6213 to perform H905 it yourself alone.
19 H8085 Listen H6258 now H6963 to my voice, H3289 I will give you counsel, H430 and God H5971 shall be with you: Be you for the people G4136 to God-ward, H430 H935 that you may bring H1697 the causes H430 to God:
20 H2094 And you shall teach H2706 them ordinances H8451 and laws, H3045 and shall show H1870 them the way H3212 wherein they must walk, H4639 and the work H6213 that they must do.
21 H2372 Moreover you shall provide H3605 out of all H5971 the people H2428 able H582 men, H3373 such as fear H430 God, H582 men H571 of truth, H8130 hating H1215 covetousness; H7760 and place H5921 such over H8269 them, to be rulers H505 of thousands, H8269 and rulers H3967 of hundreds, H8269 rulers H2572 of fifties, H8269 and rulers H6235 of tens:
22 H8199 And let them judge H5971 the people H3605 at all H6256 seasons: H3605 and it shall be, that every H1419 great H1697 matter H935 they shall bring H3605 to you, but every H6996 small H1697 matter H8199 they shall judge: H7043 so shall it be easier H5375 for yourself, and they shall bear the burden with you.
23 H518 If H6213 you shall do H2088 this H1697 thing, H430 and God H6680 command H3201 you so, then you shall be able H5975 to endure, H3605 and all H2088 this H5971 people H1571 shall also H935 go H4725 to their place H7965 in peace.
24 H4872 So Moses H8085 listened H6963 to the voice H2859 of his father H2859 in law, H6213 and did H3605 all H559 that he had said.
25 H4872 And Moses H977 chose H2428 able H582 men H3605 out of all H3478 Israel, H5414 and made H7218 them heads H5921 over H5971 the people, H8269 rulers H505 of thousands, H8269 rulers H3967 of hundreds, H8269 rulers H2572 of fifties, H8269 and rulers H6235 of tens.
26 H8199 And they judged H5971 the people H3605 at all H6256 seasons: H7186 the hard H1697 causes H935 they brought H4872 to Moses, H3605 but every H6996 small H1697 matter H8199 they judged H1992 themselves.