Exodus 18:11
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New International Version
Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly."

King James Bible
Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

Darby Bible Translation
Now I know that Jehovah is greater than all gods; for in the thing in which they acted haughtily [he was] above them.

World English Bible
Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all gods because of the thing in which they dealt arrogantly against them."

Young's Literal Translation
now I have known that Jehovah is greater than all the gods, for in the thing they have acted proudly -- He is above them!'

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods - Some think that Jethro was now converted to the true God; but it is very probable that he enjoyed this blessing before he knew any thing of Moses, for it is not likely that Moses would have entered into an alliance with this family had they been heathens. Jethro no doubt had the true patriarchal religion.

Wherein they dealt proudly - Acting as tyrants over the people of God; enslaving them in the most unprincipled manner, and still purposing more tyrannical acts. He was above them - he showed himself to be infinitely superior to all their gods, by the miracles which he wrought. Various translations have been given of this clause; the above I believe to be the sense.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

now I

Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to show in you my power...

1 Kings 17:24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.

2 Kings 5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold...

the Lord

Exodus 15:11 Who is like to you, O LORD, among the gods? who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

1 Chronicles 16:25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

2 Chronicles 2:5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.

Psalm 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Psalm 97:9 For you, LORD, are high above all the earth: you are exalted far above all gods.

Psalm 135:5 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

in the thing

Exodus 1:10,16,22 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falls out any war...

Exodus 5:2,7 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go...

Exodus 14:8,18 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel...

proudly

Exodus 9:17 As yet exalt you yourself against my people, that you will not let them go?

Exodus 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus said the LORD God of the Hebrews...

1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge...

Nehemiah 9:10,16,29 And showed signs and wonders on Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land...

Job 40:11,12 Cast abroad the rage of your wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him...

Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all you his saints: for the LORD preserves the faithful, and plentifully rewards the proud doer.

Psalm 119:21 You have rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from your commandments.

Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment...

Luke 1:51 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility...

Library
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
Luke 1:51
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

Exodus 12:12
"On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD.

Exodus 15:11
Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you-- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

2 Chronicles 2:5
"The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.

Psalm 95:3
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Psalm 97:9
For you, LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

Psalm 135:5
I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.

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