Exodus 18:18
New International Version
You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.

New Living Translation
“You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.

English Standard Version
You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.

Berean Study Bible
Surely you and these people with you will wear yourselves out, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot handle it alone.

King James Bible
Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

New King James Version
Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself.

New American Standard Bible
You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.

NASB 1995
“You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.

NASB 1977
“You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.

Amplified Bible
You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you [to bear]; you cannot do it alone.

Christian Standard Bible
“You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone.

American Standard Version
Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for the thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Being dishonored you are also shamed, so is also all this people that are with you, because the matter is too heavy for you and you cannot do it alone.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
thou wilt wear away with intolerable weariness, both those and all this people which is with thee: this thing is hard, thou wilt not be able to endure it thyself alone.

Contemporary English Version
You and the people who come to you will soon be worn out. The job is too much for one person; you can't do it alone.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou are spent with foolish labour, both thou and this people that is with thee: the business is above thy strength, thou alone canst not bear it.

English Revised Version
Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for the thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Good News Translation
You will wear yourself out and these people as well. This is too much for you to do alone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You and your people will wear yourselves out. This is too much work for you. You can't do it alone!

International Standard Version
You will certainly wear yourself out, both you and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot do it by yourself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee; for the thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Literal Standard Version
you surely wear away, both you, and this people which [is] with you, for the thing is too heavy for you, you are not able to do it by yourself.

NET Bible
You will surely wear out, both you and these people who are with you, for this is too heavy a burden for you; you are not able to do it by yourself.

New Heart English Bible
You will surely wear away, both you, and this people that is with you; for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to perform it yourself alone.

World English Bible
You will surely wear away, both you, and this people that is with you; for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to perform it yourself alone.

Young's Literal Translation
thou dost surely wear away, both thou, and this people which is with thee, for the thing is too heavy for thee, thou art not able to do it by thyself.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jethro Advises Moses
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. 19Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their causes to Him.…

Cross References
Exodus 18:17
But Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good.

Numbers 11:14
I cannot carry all these people by myself; it is too burdensome for me.

Numbers 11:17
And I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put that Spirit on them. They will help you bear the burden of the people, so that you do not have to bear it by yourself.

Deuteronomy 1:9
At that time I said to you, "I cannot carry the burden for you alone.

Deuteronomy 1:12
But how can I bear your troubles, burdens, and disputes all by myself?


Treasury of Scripture

You will surely wear away, both you, and this people that is with you: for this thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it yourself alone.

thou wilt surely wear away.

2 Corinthians 12:15
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Philippians 2:30
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

1 Thessalonians 2:8,9
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us…

thou art

Numbers 11:14-17
I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me…

Deuteronomy 1:9-12
And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: …

Acts 6:1-4
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration…









Verse 18. - The thing... is not good - i.e., not expedient, and so not the right thing to do. It is a man's duty to have regard to his health, and not unnecessarily overtask his strength. Verse 18. - Thou wilt surely wear away. Literally, "Wasting thou wilt waste away," Thy strength, i.e., will not long hold out, if thou continuest this practice. Both thou, and this people. The people's strength and patience will also fail, if, owing to the number of the complaints, they have - some of them - to wait all day at the tribunal before they can obtain a decision.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Surely
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

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

and
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

these
הַזֶּ֖ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

people
הָעָ֥ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

with you
עִמָּ֑ךְ (‘im·māḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

will wear yourselves out,
נָבֹ֣ל (nā·ḇōl)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 5034: To wilt, to fall away, fail, faint, to be foolish, wicked, to despise, disgrace

because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

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

is too heavy
כָבֵ֤ד (ḵā·ḇêḏ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3515: Heavy

for you.
מִמְּךָ֙ (mim·mə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

You cannot
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

handle
עֲשֹׂ֖הוּ (‘ă·śō·hū)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

it alone.
לְבַדֶּֽךָ׃ (lə·ḇad·de·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 910: Isolation, separation


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