Jethro bringeth to Moses his wife and two sons.
Exodus 18:1 And Jethro, priest of Midian, father-in-law of Moses, heard all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people,in that Yahweh had brought forth Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 18:2 So Jethro, Moses father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses wife,after she had been sent home; Exodus 18:3 and her two sons,of whom, the name of the one, was Gershom, for, said he, A sojourner, am I in a strange land, Exodus 18:4 and, the name of the other, Eliezer, for, the God of my father, was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh. Exodus 18:5 And Jethro, Moses father-in-law, came in, with his two sons and his wife, unto Moses,into the desert where, he, was encamping, the mountain of God; Exodus 18:6 and said unto Moses, I, thy father-in-law, Jethro, am coming in unto thee,and thy wife, and her two sons, with her.
Moses entertaineth him.
Exodus 18:7 So Moses went forth to meet his father-in-law, and bowed himself down to him, and kissed him, and they asked each other of their welfare,and came into the tent. Exodus 18:8 Then Moses recounted to his father-in-law, all that Yahweh had done to Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians, for Israel's sake,all the hardship which had befallen them by the way, and how Yahweh had delivered them. Exodus 18:9 Then did Jethro rejoice, for all the good which Yahweh had done to Israel,whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. Exodus 18:10 And Jethro saidBlessed be Yahweh, 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: Exodus 18:11 Now, I know, that, greater, is Yahweh than all the gods,Even in the thing wherein they were arrogant over them. Exodus 18:12 Then took Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, an ascending-offering and sacrifices to God,and Aaron and all the elders of Israel came in, to eat bread with the father-in-law of Moses before God.
Jethro's counsel is accepted.
Exodus 18:13 Now it came to pass, on the morrow, that Moses sat, to judge the people,and the people stood by Moses, from the morning, until the evening. Exodus 18:14 And, when Moses father-in-law saw all that, he, was doing for the people, he saidWhat is this thing which, thou, art doing for the people? Wherefore art, thou, sitting, alone, with, all the people, stationed by thee, from morning until evening? Exodus 18:15 And Moses said to his father-in-law,Because the people come in unto me, to seek God: Exodus 18:16 When they have a matter, they come in unto me, then do I judge between a man and his neighbour,and make known the statutes of God, and his laws. Exodus 18:17 Then said Moses' father-in-law unto him,Not good, is the thing that thou art doing. Exodus 18:18 Thou wilt get, quite worn out, both thou, and this people that is with thee,for the thing is, too heavy for thee, thou canst not do it, alone. Exodus 18:19 Now, hearken thou to my voicelet me counsel thee, and may God be with thee: Be, thou, for, the people, in front of God, so shalt, thou, bring the matters unto God; Exodus 18:20 and shalt cause to shine upon them, the statutes and the laws,and make known to them the way wherein they should go, and the work they should do. Exodus 18:21 Thou thyself, therefore, shalt look out, from among all the peoplemen of ability, reverers of God, men of fidelity, haters of extortion,and place them over [them] as rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. Exodus 18:22 So shall they judge the people at any time, and it shall be, all the great matters, shall they bring in unto thee, but, all the small matters, shall, they themselves, judge,so, lighten thou the burden for thyself, and let them bear it with thee. Exodus 18:23 If, this thing, thou wilt do, and God shall command thee, then shalt thou be able to endure,yea, moreover, all this people, shall go in, unto their dwellings, contented. 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 men of ability out of all Israel, and set them to be heads over the people,rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. Exodus 18:26 And they shall judge the people, at any time,the hard matters, shall they bring in unto Moses, but, all the small matters, shall, they themselves, judge.
Exodus 18:27 And Moses sent forth his father-in-law,and he went his way by himself, unto his own land.