Exodus 18:17
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New International Version
Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good.

New Living Translation
"This is not good!" Moses' father-in-law exclaimed.

English Standard Version
Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good.

New American Standard Bible
Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you are doing is not good.

King James Bible
And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

Christian Standard Bible
"What you're doing is not good," Moses's father-in-law said to him.

Contemporary English Version
Jethro replied: That isn't the best way to do it.

Good News Translation
Then Jethro said, "You are not doing this right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What you're doing is not good," Moses' father-in-law said to him. "

International Standard Version
Moses' father-in-law told him, "What you are doing is not good.

NET Bible
Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good!

New Heart English Bible
Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you do is not good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you're doing is not good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses' father-in-law said unto him: 'The thing that thou doest is not good.

New American Standard 1977
And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Moses' father-in-law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses' father-in-law said unto him, The thing that you do is not good.

American King James Version
And Moses' father in law said to him, The thing that you do is not good.

American Standard Version
And Moses father-in-law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said: The thing thou dost is not good.

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses' father-in-law said to him, The thing that thou art doing is not good.

English Revised Version
And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses's father-in-law said to him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

World English Bible
Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you do is not good.

Young's Literal Translation
And the father-in-law of Moses saith unto him, 'The thing which thou art doing is not good;
Study Bible
Jethro Advises Moses
16"When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws." 17Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you are doing is not good. 18"You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.…
Cross References
Exodus 18:16
"When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws."

Exodus 18:18
"You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.
Treasury of Scripture

And Moses' father in law said to him, The thing that you do is not good.

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(17) The thing that thou doest is not good.--Weighty as the arguments were, they failed to convince Jethro. He brought forward counter-arguments. By continuing to act as hitherto, Moses would, in the first place, exhaust his own strength, and, secondly exhaust the patience of the people. His practice was un advisable, both on his own account and on theirs. To keep suitors waiting all day, and perhaps finally dismiss then without their turn having come, was not fair upon them.

And Moses's father in law said unto him,.... Having observed what he did, and heard his answer to the question he put to him:

the thing that thou doest is not good; not meaning that it was not morally good, or that it was morally evil; for it was certainly a good thing to inquire of the mind and will of God for the people, and to hear and decide matters in controversy between them, and do justice to both parties; but it was not good for the health of Moses; it was not commodious and convenient for him; it was not for his bodily welfare; it was too much for him, as he explains himself in the next verse. 17. Moses' father-in-law said unto him, The thing … is not good—not good either for Moses himself, for the maintenance of justice, or for the satisfaction and interests of the people. Jethro gave a prudent counsel as to the division of labor [Ex 18:21, 22], and universal experience in the Church and State has attested the soundness and advantages of the principle.18:13-27 Here is the great zeal and the toil of Moses as a magistrate. Having been employed to redeem Israel out of the house of bondage, he is a further type of Christ, that he is employed as a lawgiver and a judge among them. If the people were as quarrelsome one with another as they were with God, no doubt Moses had many causes brought before him. This business Moses was called to; it appears that he did it with great care and kindness. The meanest Israelite was welcome to bring his cause before him. Moses kept to his business from morning to night. Jethro thought it was too much for him to undertake alone; also it would make the administration of justice tiresome to the people. There may be over-doing even in well-doing. Wisdom is profitable to direct, that we may neither content ourselves with less than our duty, nor task ourselves beyond our strength. Jethro advised Moses to a better plan. Great men should not only study to be useful themselves, but contrive to make others useful. Care must be taken in the choice of the persons admitted into such a trust. They should be men of good sense, that understood business, and that would not be daunted by frowns or clamours, but abhorred the thought of a bribe. Men of piety and religion; such as fear God, who dare not to do a base thing, though they could do it secretly and securely. The fear of God will best fortify a man against temptations to injustice. Moses did not despise this advice. Those are not wise, who think themselves too wise to be counselled.
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