Exodus 18:15
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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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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

to enquire

Exodus 18:19,20 Listen now to my voice, I will give you counsel, and God shall be with you: Be you for the people to God-ward...

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

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

Numbers 27:5 And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.

The 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
[Sidenote: First the principle, and then the detailed laws] If the canon of the New Testament had remained open as long as did that of the Old, there is little doubt that it also would have contained many laws, legal precedents, and ecclesiastical histories. From the writings of the Church Fathers and the records of the Catholic Church it is possible to conjecture what these in general would have been. The early history of Christianity illustrates the universal fact that the broad principles are
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 18:14
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?"

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

Numbers 9:6
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

Numbers 9:8
Moses answered them, "Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you."

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

Deuteronomy 17:8
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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