17 But Moses’ father-in-law said unto him, The thing which thou doest, is not well.

18 Thou both [a]weariest thyself greatly, and this people that is with thee: for the thing is too heavy for thee: (A)thou art not able to do it thyself alone.

19 Hear now my [b]voice, (I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee) be thou for the people to [c]Godward, and report thou the causes unto God,

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 18:18 Hebrew, thou wilt faint and fall.
  2. Exodus 18:19 Or, counsel.
  3. Exodus 18:19 Judge thou in hard causes, which cannot be decided but by consulting with God.

17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.(A) 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.(B) You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes(C) to him.

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