Exodus 18:15
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English Standard Version
And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God;

King James Bible
And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

American Standard Version
And Moses said unto his father-in-law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses answered him: The people come to me to seek the judgment of God.

English Revised Version
And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to inquire of God:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When Jethro announced his arrival to Moses ("he said," sc., through a messenger), he received his father-in-law with the honour due to his rank; and when he had conducted him to his tent, he related to him all the leading events connected with the departure from Egypt, and all the troubles they had met with on the way, and how Jehovah had delivered them out of them all. Jethro rejoiced at this, and broke out in praise to Jehovah, declaring that Jehovah was greater than all gods, i.e., that He had shown Himself to be exalted above all gods, for God is great in the eyes of men only when He makes known His greatness through the display of His omnipotence. He then gave a practical expression to his praise by a burnt-offering and slain-offering, which he presented to God. The second כּי in Exodus 18:11 is only an emphatic repetition of the first, and אשׁר בּדּבר is not dependent upon ידעתּי, but upon גּדול nopu tub, or upon הגדּיל understood, which is to be supplied in thought after the second כּי: "That He has proved Himself great by the affair in which they (the Egyptians) dealt proudly against them (the Israelites)." Compare Nehemiah 9:10, from which it is evident, that to refer these words to the destruction of Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea as a punishment for their attempt to destroy the Israelites in the water (Exodus 1:22) is too contracted an interpretation; and that they rather relate to all the measures adopted by the Egyptians for the oppression and detention of the Israelites, and signify that Jehovah had shown Himself great above all gods by all the plagues inflicted upon Egypt down to the destruction of Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea.

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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.

Cross References
Exodus 18:14
When Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, "What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?"

Leviticus 24:12
And they put him in custody, till the will of the LORD should be clear to them.

Numbers 9:6
And there were certain men who were unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day.

Numbers 9:8
And Moses said to them, "Wait, that I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you."

Numbers 27:5
Moses brought their case before the LORD.

Deuteronomy 17:8
"If any case arises requiring decision between one kind of homicide and another, one kind of legal right and another, or one kind of assault and another, any case within your towns that is too difficult for you, then you shall arise and go up to the place that the LORD your God will choose.

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