Exodus 18:15
New International Version
Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will.

New Living Translation
Moses replied, "Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God.

English Standard Version
And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God;

Berean Study Bible
“Because the people come to me to inquire of God,” Moses replied.

New American Standard Bible
Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.

King James Bible
And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

Christian Standard Bible
Moses replied to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.

Contemporary English Version
Moses answered, "Because they come here to find out what God wants them to do.

Good News Translation
Moses answered, "I must do this because the people come to me to learn God's will.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moses replied to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.

International Standard Version
Moses told his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will.

NET Bible
Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.

New Heart English Bible
Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Moses answered his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to find out God's will.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses said unto his father-in-law: 'Because the people come unto me to inquire of God;

New American Standard 1977
And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Moses said unto his father-in-law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses said unto his father-in-law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

American King James Version
And Moses said to his father in law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God:

American Standard Version
And Moses said unto his father-in-law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Moses says to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to seek judgment from God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses answered him: The people come to me to seek the judgment of God.

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to enquire of God.

English Revised Version
And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God:

World English Bible
Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses saith to his father-in-law, 'Because the people come unto me to seek God;
Study Bible
Jethro Advises Moses
14When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone as judge, with all the people standing around you from morning till evening?” 15“Because the people come to me to inquire of God,” Moses replied. 16“Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me to judge between one man and another, and I make known to them the statutes and laws of God.”…
Cross References
Exodus 18:14
When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, "What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone as judge, with all the people standing around you from morning till evening?"

Leviticus 24:12
They placed him in custody until the will of the LORD should be made clear to them.

Numbers 9:6
But there were some men who were unclean due to a dead body, so they could not observe the Passover on that day. And they came before Moses and Aaron that same day

Numbers 9:8
"Wait here until I hear what the LORD commands concerning you," Moses replied.

Numbers 27:5
So Moses brought their case before the LORD,

Deuteronomy 17:8
If a case is too difficult for you to judge, whether the controversy within your gates is regarding bloodshed, lawsuits, or assaults, you must go up to the place the LORD your God will choose.

Treasury of Scripture

And Moses said to his father in law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God:

to enquire

Exodus 18:19,20
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: …

Leviticus 24:12-14
And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them…

Numbers 15:34
And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.







Lexicon
“Because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the people
הָעָ֖ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

come
יָבֹ֥א (yā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to
אֵלַ֛י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

me to inquire
לִדְרֹ֥שׁ (liḏ·rōš)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

of God,”
אֱלֹהִֽים׃ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

Moses
מֹשֶׁ֖ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

replied.
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say
(15, 16) Moses assigns two reasons for his conduct.

Verse 15. - And Moses said... Because the people come unto me, to inquire of God. To inquire of God is certainly not a mere "juridical phrase," meaning to consult a judge (Kalisch), nor, on the other hand, is it necessarily "to consult God through an oracle." It cannot, however, mean less than to seek a decision from some one regarded as entitled to speak for God; and it is certainly assigned by Moses as the reason why he judged all the causes himself, and did not devolve the duty upon others. They could not be supposed to know the mind of God as he knew it. Jethro, however, points out, that it is one thing to lay down principles, and another to apply them. Moses might reserve the legislative function - the inculcation of principles - to himself, and so still, "be for the people to Godward" (ver. 19); but he might find "able men" among the congregation, quite capable of applying the principles, and delegate to them the judicial function (vers. 21, 22). 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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