1 Jethro, priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, had heard all about what God had done for Moses and for Israel his people: how Yahweh had brought Israel out of Egypt.
Exod 2:16 Exod 3:1 Ps 77:14-15 Acts 7:35-36 Acts 14:27 Gal 1:23-24 Isa 63:11-13
2 Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, then took back Zipporah, Moses' wife, whom Moses had sent home,
Exod 2:21 Exod 4:25-26
3 with her two sons; one of them was called Gershom because, he had said, 'I am an alien in a foreign land,'
Exod 2:22 Acts 7:29 Exod 4:20 Heb 11:13 Ps 39:12 1Pet 2:11
4 and the other called Eliezer because 'My father's God is my help and has delivered me from Pharaoh's sword.'
2Cor 1:8-10 2Tim 4:17 Acts 12:11 Heb 13:6 1Chr 23:15 Dan 6:22 Exod 2:15
5 Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, with Moses' sons and wife, came to Moses in the desert where he was encamped, at the mountain of God.
Exod 3:1 Exod 3:12 1Kgs 19:8 Exod 19:11 Exod 19:20 Exod 24:16-17
6 'Here is your father-in-law Jethro approaching', Moses was told, 'with your wife and her two sons.'
7 So Moses went out to greet his father-in-law, bowed low to him and kissed him; and when each had asked how the other was they went into the tent.
Gen 29:13 1Kgs 2:19 2Sam 11:7 Gen 14:17 Gen 18:2 Gen 19:1 Acts 20:37
8 Moses then told his father-in-law all about what Yahweh had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and about all the hardships that they had encountered on the way, and how Yahweh had rescued them.
Neh 9:9-15 Neh 9:32 Num 20:14 Ps 78:42-43 Ps 81:7 Ps 106:10 Exod 15:6
9 And Jethro was delighted at all Yahweh's goodness to Israel in having rescued them from the clutches of the Egyptians.
1Cor 12:26 Isa 44:23 Isa 66:10 Rom 12:10 Rom 12:15
10 'Blessed be Yahweh', Jethro exclaimed, 'for having rescued you from the clutches of the Egyptians and the clutches of Pharaoh, for having rescued the people from the grasp of the Egyptians!
2Sam 18:28 Gen 14:20 Luke 1:68 1Kgs 8:15 1Pet 1:3 1Thess 3:9 Eph 1:3
11 Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all other gods. . .'
2Chr 2:5 Exod 15:11 Luke 1:51 Ps 95:3 1Chr 16:25 Dan 4:37 Ps 97:9
12 Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, then offered a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God; and Aaron and all the elders of Israel came and ate with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God.
Deut 12:7 Gen 31:54 Exod 24:5 Exod 24:11 1Chr 29:21-22 1Cor 10:18 1Cor 10:21
13 On the following day, Moses took his seat to administer justice for the people, and the people were standing round him from morning till evening.
Isa 16:5 Job 29:7 Joel 3:12 Judg 5:10 Matt 23:2 Rom 12:8 Rom 13:6
14 Seeing all he did for the people, Moses' father-in-law said to him, 'Why do you do this for the people, why sit here alone with the people standing round you from morning till evening?'
15 Moses replied to his father-in-law, 'Because the people come to me to consult God.
Num 15:34 Num 27:5 Deut 17:8-13 Exod 18:19-20 Lev 24:12-14 Num 9:6 Num 9:8
16 When they have a problem they come to me, and I give a ruling between the one and the other and make God's statutes and laws known to them.'
Exod 24:14 1Cor 6:1 2Sam 15:3 Deut 4:5 Deut 5:1 1Sam 12:23 1Thess 4:1-2
17 Moses' father-in-law then said to him, 'What you are doing is not right.
18 You will only tire yourself out, and the people with you too, for the work is too heavy for you. You cannot do it all yourself.
Num 11:14-17 Acts 6:1-4 1Thess 2:8-9 2Cor 12:15 Deut 1:9-12 Phil 2:30
19 Now listen to the advice I am going to give you, and God be with you! Your task is to represent the people to God, to lay their cases before God,
Num 27:5 Deut 5:5 Exod 3:12 Exod 20:19 Gen 39:2 2Sam 14:17 Deut 20:1
20 and to teach them the statutes and laws, and show them the way they ought to follow and how they ought to behave.
Deut 5:1 Deut 1:18 Ps 143:8 Deut 4:1 Deut 4:5 1Thess 4:1 Ps 32:8
21 At the same time, from the people at large choose capable and God-fearing men, men who are trustworthy and incorruptible, and put them in charge of them as heads of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens,
Acts 6:3 2Chr 19:5-10 Deut 16:18-19 Ezek 18:8 Exod 18:25 2Sam 23:3 Gen 42:18
22 and make them the people's permanent judges. They will refer all important matters to you, but all minor matters they will decide themselves, so making things easier for you by sharing the burden with you.
Num 11:17 Exod 18:26 Lev 24:11 Num 15:33 Num 27:2 Num 36:1 Deut 1:17-18
23 If you do this -- and may God so command you -- you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.'
Exod 18:18 1Sam 8:6-7 2Sam 18:3 1Sam 8:22 2Sam 19:39 2Sam 21:17 Acts 15:2
24 Moses took his father-in-law's advice and did just as he said.
1Cor 12:21 Exod 18:2-5 Exod 18:19 Ezra 10:2 Ezra 10:5 Prov 1:5
25 Moses chose capable men from all Israel and put them in charge of the people as heads of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Deut 1:15 Exod 18:21 Acts 6:5
26 These acted as the people's permanent judges. They referred hard cases to Moses but decided minor matters themselves.
Exod 18:22 1Kgs 3:16-28 1Kgs 10:1 Deut 17:8 Exod 18:14-15 Job 29:16
27 Moses then set his father-in-law on his way, and he travelled back to his own country.
Num 10:29-30 Judg 19:9 Gen 24:59 Gen 31:55