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;
Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,
3And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have
been an alien in a strange land:
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:
5And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with
his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
6And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy
wife, and her two sons with her.
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.
8And Moses told his father
in law all that the LORD had done unto 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.
Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.
10And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who
hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under
the hand of the Egyptians.
11Now I know that
the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
12And 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.
13And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the
people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why
sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
15And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire
16When they have a matter, they come
unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
18Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and
this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
19Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee:
Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
20And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk,
and the work that they must do.
thou shalt 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:
22And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great
matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall
bear the burden with thee.
23If thou shalt
do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place
24So Moses hearkened to the voice
of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
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.
judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
27And Moses let his father in law depart;
and he went his way into his own land.