Bible: Exodus 18:13-23

18:13 On the next day 1  Moses sat to judge 2  the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning until evening. 18:14 When Mosesfather-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this 3  that you are doing for the people? 4  Why are you sitting by yourself, and all the people stand around you from morning until evening?

18:15 Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire 5  of God. 18:16 When they have a dispute, 6  it comes to me and I decide 7  between a man and his neighbor, and I make known the decrees of God and his laws.” 8 

18:17 Mosesfather-in-law said to him, “What 9  you are doing is not good! 18:18 You will surely wear out, 10  both you and these people who are with you, for this is too 11  heavy a burden 12  for you; you are not able to do it by yourself. 18:19 Now listen to me, 13  I will give you advice, and may God be with you: You be a representative for the people to God, 14  and you bring 15  their disputes 16  to God; 18:20 warn 17  them of the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they must walk 18  and the work they must do. 19  18:21 But you choose 20  from the people capable men, 21  God-fearing, 22  men of truth, 23  those who hate bribes, 24  and put them over the people 25  as rulers 26  of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 18:22 They will judge 27  the people under normal circumstances, 28  and every difficult case 29  they will bring to you, but every small case 30  they themselves will judge, so that 31  you may make it easier for yourself, 32  and they will bear the burden 33  with you. 18:23 If you do this thing, and God so commands you, 34  then you will be able 35  to endure, 36  and all these people 37  will be able to go 38  home 39  satisfied.” 40 

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