1611 King James Bible

Exodus 18

Jethro bringeth to Moses his wife and two sons.

Exodus 18:1 When Iethro 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: Exodus 18:2 Then Iethro Moses father in law tooke Zipporah Moses wife, after he had sent her backe, Exodus 18:3 And her two sonnes, of which the name of the one [was] Gershom: for he said, I haue bene an alien in a strange land. Exodus 18:4 And the name of the other [was] Eliezer: for the God of my father, [said he, was] mine helpe, and deliuered me from the sword of Pharaoh. Exodus 18:5 And Iethro Moses father in law came with his sonnes and his wife vnto Moses into the wildernes, where he encamped at the mount of God. Exodus 18:6 And he said vnto Moses, I thy father in law Iethro am come vnto thee, and thy wife, and her two sonnes with her.

Moses entertaineth him.

Exodus 18:7 And Moses went out to meete his father in law, and did obeysance, and kissed him: and they asked each other of [their] welfare, and they came into the tent. Exodus 18:8 And Moses told his father in law, all that the LORD had done vnto Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians for Israels sake, [and] all the trauaile that had come vpon them by the way, and [how] the LORD deliuered them. Exodus 18:9 And Iethro reioyced for all the goodnesse which the LORD had doue to Israel: whom he had deliuered out of the hand of the Egyptians. Exodus 18:10 And Iethro said, Blessed [be] the LORD, who hath deliuered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath deliuered the people from vnder the hand of the Egyptians. Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater then all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly, [hee was] aboue them. Exodus 18:12 And Iethro, Moses father in law, tooke 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's counsel is accepted.

Exodus 18:13 And it came to passe on the morrow, that Moses sate to iudge the people: and the people stood by Moses, from the morning vnto the euening. Exodus 18:14 And 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 thy selfe alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning vnto euen? Exodus 18:15 And Moses said vnto his father in law, Because the people come vnto me to enquire of God. Exodus 18:16 When they haue a matter, they come vnto mee, and I iudge betweene one and another, and I doe make them know the statutes of God and his Lawes. Exodus 18:17 And Moses father in law saide vnto him, The thing that thou doest, is not good. Exodus 18:18 Thou wilt surely weare away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heauy for thee; thou art not able to performe it thy selfe alone. Exodus 18:19 Hearken now vnto my voyce, I will giue thee counsell, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to Godward, that thou mayest bring the causes vnto God: Exodus 18:20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and lawes, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walke, and the worke that they must doe. Exodus 18:21 Moreouer thou shalt prouide out of all the people able men, such as feare God, men of trueth, hating couetousnesse, and place [such] ouer them, [to bee] rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tennes. Exodus 18:22 And let them iudge the people at all seasons: and it shall bee that euery great matter they shall bring vnto thee, but euery small matter they shal iudge: so shall it be easier for thy selfe, and they shall beare [the burden] with thee. Exodus 18:23 If thou shalt doe this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt bee able to endure, and all this people shall also goe to their place in peace. Exodus 18:24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. Exodus 18:25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads ouer the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tennes. Exodus 18:26 And they iudged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought vnto Moses, but euery small matter they iudged themselues.

Jethro departeth.

Exodus 18:27 And Moses let his father in law depart, and he went his way into his owne land.

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