Jethro bringeth to Moses his wife and two sons.
Exodus 18:1 When Jethro the priest of Midian, Moses's 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 Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, took Zipporah Moses's wife, after he had sent her back, Exodus 18:3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one [was] Gershom; (for he said, I have been 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] my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:) Exodus 18:5 And Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God: Exodus 18:6 And he said to Moses, I thy father-in-law Jethro have come to thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
Moses entertaineth him.
Exodus 18:7 And Moses 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. Exodus 18:8 And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to 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. Exodus 18:9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. Exodus 18:10 And 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. Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD [is] greater than all gods: for in the thing in which they dealt proudly, [he was] above them. Exodus 18:12 And Jethro, Moses's 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's father-in-law before God.
Jethro's counsel is accepted.
Exodus 18:13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning to the evening. Exodus 18:14 And when Moses's 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 to evening? Exodus 18:15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God: Exodus 18:16 When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between one and another, and I make [them] know the statutes of God, and his laws. Exodus 18:17 And Moses's father-in-law said to him, The thing that thou doest [is] not good. Exodus 18:18 Thou 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. Exodus 18:19 Hearken now to my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people toward God, that thou mayest bring the causes to God: Exodus 18:20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt show them the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do. Exodus 18:21 Moreover, 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: Exodus 18:22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, [that] every great matter they shall bring to thee, but every small matter they shall judge: So shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear [the burden] with thee. Exodus 18:23 If 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 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 over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. Exodus 18:26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
Exodus 18:27 And Moses let his father-in-law depart; and he went his way into his own land.