Exodus 18:16
New International Version
Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God's decrees and instructions."

New Living Translation
When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God's decrees and give them his instructions."

English Standard Version
when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.”

Berean Study Bible
“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.”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Whenever they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I make a decision between one man and another. I teach them God's statutes and laws."

Contemporary English Version
They bring their complaints to me, and I make decisions on the basis of God's laws."

Good News Translation
When two people have a dispute, they come to me, and I decide which one of them is right, and I tell them God's commands and laws."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whenever they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I make a decision between one man and another. I teach them God's statutes and laws.""

International Standard Version
When they have a dispute, it comes to me and I decide between a person and his neighbor, and make known the statutes of God and his instructions."

NET Bible
When they have a dispute, it comes to me and I decide between a man and his neighbor, and I make known the decrees of God and his laws."

New Heart English Bible
When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whenever they have a disagreement and bring it to me, I decide which person is right, and I tell them God's laws and instructions."

JPS Tanakh 1917
when they have a matter, it cometh unto me; and I judge between a man and his neighbour, and I make them know the statutes of God, and His laws.'

New American Standard 1977
“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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I declare unto them the statutes of God and his laws.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
When they have a matter, they come to me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

American Standard Version
when they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when any controversy falleth out among them, they come to me to judge between them, and to shew the precepts of God, and his laws.

Darby Bible Translation
When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known [to them] the statutes of God, and his laws.

English Revised Version
when they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between a man and his neighbour, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

Webster's Bible Translation
When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between one and another, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

World English Bible
When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws."

Young's Literal Translation
when they have a matter, it hath come unto me, and I have judged between a man and his neighbour, and made known the statutes of God, and His laws.'
Study Bible
Jethro Advises Moses
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.” 17But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good.…
Cross References
Exodus 18:17
But Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good.

Exodus 24:14
And he said to the elders, "Wait here for us until we return to you. Aaron and Hur are here with you. Whoever has a dispute can go to them."

Treasury of Scripture

When they have a matter, they come to me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

a matter

Exodus 23:7 Keep you far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous …

Exodus 24:14 And he said to the elders, Tarry you here for us, until we come again …

Deuteronomy 17:8-12 If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood …

2 Samuel 15:3 And Absalom said to him, See, your matters are good and right; but …

Job 31:13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, …

Acts 18:14,15 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the …

1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before …

one and another. Heb. a man and his fellow

Exodus 2:13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews …

make

Leviticus 24:15 And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, Whoever curses …

Numbers 15:35 And the LORD said to Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: …

Numbers 27:6 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 36:6-9 This is the thing which the LORD does command concerning the daughters …

Deuteronomy 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD …

Deuteronomy 5:1 And Moses called all Israel, and said to them, Hear, O Israel, the …

Deuteronomy 6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, …

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

1 Thessalonians 4:1,2 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…







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

they have
יִהְיֶ֨ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a dispute,
דָּבָר֙ (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

it is brought
בָּ֣א (bā)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

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

to judge
וְשָׁ֣פַטְתִּ֔י (wə·šā·p̄aṭ·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

between
בֵּ֥ין (bên)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 996: An interval, space between

one man
אִ֖ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

and another,
רֵעֵ֑הוּ (rê·‘ê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

and I make known
וְהוֹדַעְתִּ֛י (wə·hō·w·ḏa‘·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

to them
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

the statutes
חֻקֵּ֥י (ḥuq·qê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute

and
וְאֶת־ (wə·’eṯ-)
Conjunctive waw | Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

laws
תּוֹרֹתָֽיו׃ (tō·w·rō·ṯāw)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8451: Direction, instruction, law

of God.”
הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
Verse 16. - I judge... and I do make them know the statutes of God. As the israelites were, up to this time, without any code of written laws, Moses took the opportunity furnished by such cases as came before him, to lay down principles of law, and enjoin them upon the people; thus making them to know the statutes of God and his eternal unwritten laws. Such a practice would not have been necessary after the giving of the law on Mount Sinai; and its existence at the time of Jethro's visit helps to fix that visit as occurring before the giving of the law. 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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