19 Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you. You be the one to represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him. 20 Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do.(A) 21 But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes.(B) Place them over the people as commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.(C) 22 They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load,[a] and they will bear it with you.(D) 23 If you do this, and God so directs you, you will be able to endure, and also all these people will be able to go home satisfied.”[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 18:22 Lit lighten from on you
  2. Exodus 18:23 Lit go to their place in peace

16 These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another; make true and sound decisions within your gates.

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