Deuteronomy 1:13
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New International Version
Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you."

New Living Translation
Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.'

English Standard Version
Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’

New American Standard Bible
'Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.'

King James Bible
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Appoint for yourselves wise, understanding, and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will make them your leaders."

International Standard Version
Choose for yourselves wise and discerning men, known to your tribes, and appoint them as your leaders.

NET Bible
Select wise and practical men, those known among your tribes, whom I may appoint as your leaders."

New Heart English Bible
Take wise men of understanding and well known according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From each of your tribes, choose some men who are wise, intelligent, and experienced, and I'll appoint them to be your leaders."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Get you, from each one of your tribes, wise men, and understanding, and full of knowledge, and I will make them heads over you.'

New American Standard 1977
‘Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give me from among you, of your tribes, wise and understanding and expert men, and I will make them the head over you.

King James 2000 Bible
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

American King James Version
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

American Standard Version
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known, according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let me have from among you wise and understanding men, and such whose conversation is approved among your tribes, that I may appoint them your rulers.

Darby Bible Translation
Provide you wise and understanding and known men, according to your tribes, that I may make them your chiefs.

English Revised Version
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known, according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take ye wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

World English Bible
Take wise men of understanding and well known according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you."

Young's Literal Translation
Give for yourselves men, wise and intelligent, and known to your tribes, and I set them for your heads;
Study Bible
Moses Appoints Leaders
12'How can I alone bear the load and burden of you and your strife? 13Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.' 14"You answered me and said, 'The thing which you have said to do is good.'…
Cross References
Exodus 18:21
"Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.

Deuteronomy 1:12
'How can I alone bear the load and burden of you and your strife?

Deuteronomy 1:14
"You answered me and said, 'The thing which you have said to do is good.'
Treasury of Scripture

Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

Take [heb] Give

Exodus 18:21 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as …

Numbers 11:16,17 And the LORD said to Moses, Gather to me seventy men of the elders …

Acts 1:21-23 Why of these men which have companied with us all the time that the …

Acts 6:2-6 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them, and …

Verse 13. - Take you; literally, give to you or for you, i.e. yourselves. The selection was to be made by the people themselves. Jethro, in giving Moses the advice on which he thus acted, described the men who were to be selected as "such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness" (Exodus 18:21). Moses here describes them rather by qualities, indicating ability and fitness for such a post as that to which they were to be called; they were to be wise (which, indeed, may be regarded as comprehending all good moral qualities); understanding men, men of discernment and sagacity, as well as intelligence; and known among their tribes, men of good repute in the community ("quorum conversatio sit probata," Vulgate; comp. Acts 6:3; 1 Timothy 3:7). And I will make them rulers over you; literally, will set them for your heads, i.e. will appoint them to act as superintendents, managers, and judges over you. Take ye wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes,.... Not only whose persons were well known, but their characters and qualifications, for their probity and integrity, for their wisdom and prudence in the management of affairs, for their skill and knowledge in things divine and human, civil and religious, and for their capacity in judging and determining matters in difference; see Exodus 18:21.

and I will make them rulers over you; the people were allowed to choose their own officers, whom they were to bring to Moses, and present before him, to be invested with their office. A like method was taken in the choice and constitution of deacons in the Christian church, when the secular affairs of it lay too heavy upon the apostles, Acts 6:3. 1:9-18 Moses reminds the people of the happy constitution of their government, which might make them all safe and easy, if it was not their own fault. He owns the fulfilment of God's promise to Abraham, and prays for the further accomplishment of it. We are not straitened in the power and goodness of God; why should we be straitened in our own faith and hope? Good laws were given to the Israelites, and good men were to see to the execution of them, which showed God's goodness to them, and the care of Moses.
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