1 Cumque audisset Iethro sacerdos Madian socer Moysi omnia, quae fecerat Deus Moysi et Israel populo suo, eo quod eduxisset Dominus Israel de Aegypto,
2 tulit Sephoram uxorem Moysi, quam remiserat,
3 et duos filios eius, quorum unus vocabatur Gersam, dicente patre: "Advena fui in terra aliena"
4 alter vero Eliezer: "Deus enim, ait, patris mei adiutor meus, et eruit me de gladio pharaonis"
5 Venit ergo Iethro socer Moysi et filii eius et uxor eius ad Moysen in desertum, ubi erat castrametatus iuxta montem Dei;
6 et mandavit Moysi dicens: "Ego socer tuus Iethro venio ad te et uxor tua et duo filii tui cum ea"
7 Qui egressus in occursum soceri sui adoravit et osculatus est eum, salutaveruntque se mutuo verbis pacificis. Cumque intrasset tabernaculum,
8 narravit Moyses socero suo cuncta, quae fecerat Dominus pharaoni et Aegyptiis propter Israel, universumque laborem, qui accidisset eis in itinere, et quod liberaverat eos Dominus.
9 Laetatusque est Iethro super omnibus bonis, quae fecerat Dominus Israel, eo quod eruisset eum de manu Aegyptiorum,
10 et ait: "Benedictus Dominus, qui liberavit vos de manu Aegyptiorum et de manu pharaonis.
11 Nunc cognovi quia magnus Dominus super omnes deos, eo quod eruerit populum de manu Aegyptiorum, qui superbe egerunt contra illos"
12 Obtulit ergo Iethro socer Moysi holocausta et hostias Deo; veneruntque Aaron et omnes seniores Israel, ut comederent panem cum eo coram Deo.
13 Altero autem die sedit Moyses, ut iudicaret populum, qui assistebat Moysi de mane usque ad vesperam.
14 Quod cum vidisset socer eius, omnia scilicet, quae agebat in populo, ait: "Quid est hoc, quod facis in plebe? Cur solus sedes, et omnis populus praestolatur de mane usque ad vesperam?"
15 Cui respondit Moyses: "Venit ad me populus quaerens sententiam Dei.
16 Cumque acciderit eis aliqua disceptatio, veniunt ad me, ut iudicem inter eos et ostendam praecepta Dei et leges eius"
17 At ille: "Non bonam, inquit, rem facis.
18 Consumeris et tu et populus iste, qui tecum est. Ultra vires tuas est negotium; solus illud non poteris sustinere.
19 Sed audi verba mea atque consilia, et erit Deus tecum: Esto tu populo in his, quae ad Deum pertinent, ut referas causas ad Deum
20 ostendasque populo praecepta et leges viamque, per quam ingredi debeant, et opus, quod facere debeant.
21 Provide autem de omni plebe viros strenuos et timentes Deum, in quibus sit veritas, et qui oderint avaritiam, et constitue ex eis tribunos et centuriones et quinquagenarios et decanos,
22 qui iudicent populum omni tempore. Quidquid autem maius fuerit, referant ad te, et ipsi minora tantummodo iudicent; leviusque sit tibi, partito cum aliis onere.
23 Si hoc feceris, implebis imperium Dei et praecepta eius poteris sustentare, et omnis hic populus revertetur ad loca sua cum pace"
24 Quibus auditis, Moyses fecit omnia, quae ille suggesserat;
25 et, electis viris strenuis de cuncto Israel, constituit eos principes populi, tribunos et centuriones et quinquagenarios et decanos,
26 qui iudicabant plebem omni tempore. Quidquid autem gravius erat, referebant ad eum, faciliora tantummodo iudicantes.
27 Dimisitque socerum suum, qui reversus abiit in terram suam.
King James Version
1 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' 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;
2 Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,
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:
4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
5 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
6 And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
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.
8 And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto 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.
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.
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.
11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
12 And Jethro, Moses' 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' father in law before God.
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 unto the evening.
14 And when Moses' 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 unto even?
15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17 And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
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.
19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
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:
22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
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.
24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
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.
26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
27 ¶ And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.