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Exodus 18

Jethro bringeth to Moses his wife and two sons.

Exodus 18:1 When Iethro the Priest of Midian Moses father in lawe heard all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and howe the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt, Exodus 18:2 Then Iethro the father in lawe of Moses, tooke Zipporah Moses wife, (after he had sent her away) Exodus 18:3 And her two sonnes, (whereof the one was called Gershom: for he sayd, I haue bene an aliant 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, & deliuered me from the sword of Pharaoh) Exodus 18:5 And Iethro Moses father in law came with his two sonnes, and his wife vnto Moses into the wildernes, where he camped by ye mout of God. Exodus 18:6 And he said to Moses, I thy father in law Iethro am come to thee, and thy wife & her two sonnes with her.

Moses entertaineth him.

Exodus 18:7 And Moses went out to meete his father in law, and did obeisance and kissed him, and eche asked other of his welfare: and they came into the tent. Exodus 18:8 Then Moses told his father in law all that the Lorde had done vnto Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians for Israels sake, and all the trauaile that had come vnto them by the way, and howe the Lord deliuered them. Exodus 18:9 And Iethro reioyced at all the goodnesse, which the Lord had shewed to Israel, and because he had deliuered them out of the hande of the Egyptians. Exodus 18:10 Therfore Iethro sayd, Blessed be the Lord who hath deliuered you out of the hande of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh: who hath also deliuered the people from vnder the hand of the Egyptians. Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the Lord is greater then all the gods: for as they haue dealt proudly with them, so are they recompensed. Exodus 18:12 Then Iethro Moses father in lawe tooke burnt offerings and sacrifices to offer vnto God; Aaron & all the Elders of Israel came to eat bread with Moses father in law before God.

Jethro's counsel is accepted.

Exodus 18:13 Now on the morow, when Moses sate to iudge the people, the people stoode about Moses from morning vnto euen. Exodus 18:14 And when Moses father in law saw all that he did to the people, he sayde, What is this that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thy selfe alone, and all the people stande about thee from morning vnto euen? Exodus 18:15 And Moses sayd vnto his father in law, Because the people come vnto me to seeke God. Exodus 18:16 When they haue a matter, they come vnto me, and I iudge betweene one and another, and declare the ordinances of God, and his lawes. Exodus 18:17 But Moses father in law said vnto him, The thing which thou doest, is not well. Exodus 18:18 Thou both weariest thy selfe greatly, & this people that is with thee: for the thing is too heauie for thee: thou art not able to doe it thy selfe alone. Exodus 18:19 Heare nowe my voyce, (I will giue thee counsell, and God shalbe with thee) be thou for the people to Godwarde, and report thou the causes vnto God, Exodus 18:20 And admonish them of the ordinances, & of the lawes, & shew them the way, wherein they must walke, and the worke that they must do. Exodus 18:21 Moreouer, prouide thou among al the people men of courage, fearing God, men dealing truely, hating couetousnesse: and appoynt such ouer them to be rulers ouer thousandes, rulers ouer hundreths, rulers ouer fifties, and rulers ouer tennes. Exodus 18:22 And let them iudge the people at all seasons: but euery great matter let them bring vnto thee, and let them iudge all small causes: so shall it be easier for thee, when they shal beare the burden with thee. Exodus 18:23 If thou do this thing, (& God so command thee) both thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shal also go quietly to their place. Exodus 18:24 So Moses obeyed the voyce of his father in law, and did all that he had sayd: Exodus 18:25 And Moses chose men of courage out of all Israel, and made them heads ouer the people, rulers ouer thousandes, rulers ouer hundreths, rulers ouer fifties, and rulers ouer tennes. Exodus 18:26 And they iudged the people at all seasons, but they brought the hard causes vnto Moses: for they iudged all small matters themselues.

Jethro departeth.

Exodus 18:27 Afterward Moses let his father in law depart, and he went into his countrey.

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