New American Standard Bible
"Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people's representative before God, and you bring the disputes to God,
King James Bible
Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
Darby Bible Translation
Hearken now to my voice: I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee. Be thou for the people with God, and bring the matters before God;
World English Bible
Listen now to my voice. I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You represent the people before God, and bring the causes to God.
Young's Literal Translation
'Now, hearken to my voice, I counsel thee, and God is with thee: be thou for the people over-against God, and thou hast brought in the things unto God;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Counsel - Jethro draws the distinction between the functions of the legislator and the judge.
To God-ward - Literally, "before God," standing between them and God, both as His minister or representative and also as the representative of the people, their agent, so to speak, or deputy before God.
LibraryThe Origin and Growth of Law.
MOSES' WORK AS JUDGE AND PROPHET.--Ex. 18; 1-27; 33:5-11. Parallel References. Hist. Bible I, 198-203. Prin. of Politics, Ch. VI. Maine, Ancient Law. Jehovah spake to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend--Ex. 33: 11. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard cases they brought unto Moses, but every small …
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The Seven Deacons
So Moses brought their case before the LORD.
then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do.
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