Exodus 18:17
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.

Berean Study Bible
But 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“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. 18Surely you and these people with you will wear yourselves out, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot handle it alone.…
Cross References
Exodus 18:16
"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."

Exodus 18:18
Surely you and these people with you will wear yourselves out, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot handle 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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Lexicon
But Moses’
מֹשֶׁ֖ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

father-in-law
חֹתֵ֥ן (ḥō·ṯên)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2859: To give, away in marriage, to contract affinity by marriage

said
וַיֹּ֛אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to him,
אֵלָ֑יו (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

“What
הַדָּבָ֔ר (had·dā·ḇār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

you are
אַתָּ֖ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

doing
עֹשֶֽׂה׃ (‘ō·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

is not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

good.
טוֹב֙ (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good
(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.

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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