New International Version
Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will.
King James Bible
And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:
Darby Bible Translation
And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to enquire 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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The people come unto me to inquire of God - To know the mind and will of God on the subject of their inquiries. Moses was the mediator between God and the people; and as they believed that all justice and judgment must come from him, therefore they came to Moses to know what God had spoken.
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LibraryThe Ideal Statesman [Footnote: Preached on Occasion of Mr. Gladstone's Death. ]
'Thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them.'--EXODUS xviii. 21. You will have anticipated my purpose in selecting this text. I should be doing violence to your feelings and mine if I made no reference to the event which has united the Empire and the world in one sentiment. The great tree has fallen, and the crash has for the moment silenced all the sounds of the forest. Wars abroad and controversies at home are …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Development of the Earlier Old Testament Laws
When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, "What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?"
They put him in custody until the will of the LORD should be made clear to them.
But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day
Moses answered them, "Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you."
So Moses brought their case before the LORD,
If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judge--whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults--take them to the place the LORD your God will choose.
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