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Exodus 18

Jethro bringeth to Moses his wife and two sons.

Exodus 18:1 And whan Iethro ye prest in Madian Moses father in lawe herde of all yt God had done wt Moses & his people of Israel, how yt the LORDE had brought Israel out of Egipte, Exodus 18:2 he toke Zipora Moses wife, whom he had sent backe, Exodus 18:3 with her two sonnes. The one was called Gerson, for he saide: I am become a straunger in a straunge londe. Exodus 18:4 And the other was called Eliaser, for he sayde: The God of my fathers hath bene my helpe, and hath delyuered me from Pharaos swerde. Exodus 18:5 Now wha Iethro Moses father in lawe, and his sonnes and his wife came vnto him in the wyldernes by the mount of God where he had pitched his tent, Exodus 18:6 he sent worde vnto Moses: I Iethro thy father in lawe am come vnto the, and yi wife and both hir children with her.

Moses entertaineth him.

Exodus 18:7 Then wente Moses forth to mete him, and dyd obeysauce vnto him, and kyssed him. And whan they had saluted ech other, they wente in to the tente. Exodus 18:8 Then Moses tolde his father in lawe all that the LORDE had done vnto Pharao and the Egipcians for Israels sake, and all the trauayle that had happened them by ye waye, and how the LORDE had delyuered them. Exodus 18:9 Iethro reioysed ouer all ye good that the LORDE had done for Israel, yt he had delyuered them from the hade of the Egipcians. Exodus 18:10 And Iethro sayde: Praysed be the LORDE, which hath delyuered you from the hande of the Egipcians and of Pharao, (and) that knoweth how to delyuer his people from the Egipcians hande. Exodus 18:11 Now I knowe, that the LORDE is greater the all goddes, because they dealt proudly wt them. Exodus 18:12 And Iethro toke brentofferynges, and offered vnto God. Then came Aaron and all ye elders of Israel to eate bred with Moses father in lawe before God.

Jethro's counsel is accepted.

Exodus 18:13 On the next morow sat Moses to iudge the people, and the people stode roude aboute Moses from the mornynge vntyll ye euen. Exodus 18:14 But whan his father in lawe sawe all that he dyd with the people, he sayde: What is this, that thou doest with the people? Wherfore syttest thou alone, and all ye people stonde rounde aboute from the morninge vntyll the euen? Exodus 18:15 Moses answered him: The people come to me, & axe councell at God: Exodus 18:16 for whan they haue eny thinge to do, they come vnto me, that I maye iudge betwixte euery one & his neghboure, and shewe them the statutes of God, and his lawes. Exodus 18:17 His father in lawe sayde vnto him: It is not well that thou doest. Exodus 18:18 Thou weeriest thy self, and the people that is with the. This busynesse is to sore for the, thou canst not perfourme it alone. Exodus 18:19 But herken vnto my voyce, I will geue the councell, and God shall be with the. Be thou vnto the people to God warde, and brynge the causes before God, Exodus 18:20 and prouide them with statutes and lawes, that thou mayest shewe the the waie wherin they shulde walke, and the workes that they shulde do. Exodus 18:21 But loke out amonge all the people, for honest men, that feare God, soch as are true, & hate couetousnes: make these rulers ouer them, some ouer thousandes, ouer hundredes, ouer fiftie, and ouer ten, Exodus 18:22 that they maye allwaye iudge the people. But where there is eny greate matter, that they brynge the same vnto the, and iudge the small causes them selues: so shall it be lighter for the, yf they beare the burthen with the. Exodus 18:23 Yf thou shalt do this, then mayest thou endure the thinge that God chargeth the withall, and all this people maie go peaceably vnto their place. Exodus 18:24 Moses herkened vnto the voyce of his father in lawe, and dyd all that he sayde. Exodus 18:25 And he chose honest men out of all Israel, and made them heades ouer the people, some ouer thousandes, ouer hundredes, ouer fiftie, and ouer ten, Exodus 18:26 that they might allwaye iudge the people. As for soch causes as were herde, they brought them vnto Moses, and iudged the small matters them selues.

Jethro departeth.

Exodus 18:27 So Moses let his father in lawe departe in to his owne londe.

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