Exodus 18:6
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New International Version
Jethro had sent word to him, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons."

New Living Translation
Jethro had sent a message to Moses, saying, "I, Jethro, your father-in-law, am coming to see you with your wife and your two sons."

English Standard Version
And when he sent word to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her,”

New American Standard Bible
He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her."

King James Bible
And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

Christian Standard Bible
He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons."

Good News Translation
He had sent word to Moses that they were coming,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons."

International Standard Version
He told Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you along with your wife and her two sons."

NET Bible
He said to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you, along with your wife and her two sons with her."

New Heart English Bible
And one said to Moses, "Look, Jethro, your father-in-law, has come to you, with your wife and her two sons with her."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jethro had sent word to Moses, "I'm coming to [visit] you, [and I'm bringing] your wife and her two sons."

JPS Tanakh 1917
and he said unto Moses: 'I thy father-in-law Jethro am coming unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.'

New American Standard 1977
And he sent word to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he said unto Moses, I, thy father-in-law Jethro, am come unto thee and thy wife and her two sons with her.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto Moses, I your father-in-law Jethro am come unto you, and your wife, and her two sons with her.

American King James Version
And he said to Moses, I your father in law Jethro am come to you, and your wife, and her two sons with her.

American Standard Version
and he said unto Moses, I, thy father-in-law Jethro, am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he sent word to Moses, saying: I Jethro thy kinsman come to thee, and thy wife, and thy two sons with her.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent word to Moses: I, thy father-in-law Jethro, am come to thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

English Revised Version
and he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to Moses, I thy father-in-law Jethro have come to thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

World English Bible
He said to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, have come to you with your wife, and her two sons with her."

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith unto Moses, 'I, thy father-in-law, Jethro, am coming unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.'
Study Bible
The Visit of Jethro
5Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was camped, at the mount of God. 6He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her." 7Then Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and he bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare and went into the tent.…
Cross References
Exodus 18:5
Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was camped, at the mount of God.

Exodus 18:7
Then Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and he bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare and went into the tent.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to Moses, I your father in law Jethro am come to you, and your wife, and her two sons with her.

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Verse 6. - And he said. It is suspected that the true reading here is, "and they said," - i.e., some one said - "to Moses, behold thy father-in-law" (or "brother-in-law"), "Jethro, is come unto thee." So the LXX., and many moderns, as Kennicott, Geddes, Boothroyd, Canon Cook, and others. But the explanation, that Jethro, on arriving in the vicinity of Moses, sent a messenger to him, who spoke in his name (Rosenmuller, Patrick, Pool, Kalisch, Keil, etc.) is at any rate plausible, and removes all necessity of altering the text. And he said unto Moses,.... By a messenger, as Jarchi: or by a written letter, as Aben Ezra: or, as the Septuagint version, "it was told to Moses, thy father", &c. for as yet he was not come to him, as appears by Moses going forth to meet him:

I thy father in law Jethro am come to thee: or, "am coming" (m); for, as yet, he was not in his presence, and they were not personally present face to face: the Targum of Jonathan adds, "to become a proselyte"; but it seems that before, as well as now, he had been a worshipper of the true God, and always speaks like one that had had the fear of God before him continually:

and thy wife, and her sons with her; this he thought fit to acquaint him of by messenger or letter, that he might be in expectation of them, and not be surprised at once with their appearance: besides, as some observe, and not amiss, after the late attack of the Amalekites upon their rear, guards or sentinels might be placed in the outer parts of the camp for its safety, and who would not easily, without order, let strangers pass into it, and therefore previous notice was necessary to get admission.

(m) "veniens", Montanus. 6. and thy wife, and her two sons—See Ex 4:20.18:1-6 Jethro came to rejoice with Moses in the happiness of Israel, and to bring his wife and children to him. Moses must have his family with him, that while he ruled the church of God, he might set a good example in family government, 1Ti 3:5.
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