Exodus 18:18
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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.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou wilt be quite exhausted, both thou and this people that is with thee; for the thing is too heavy for thee: thou canst not perform it 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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou wilt surely wear away - נבל תבל nabol tibbol, in wearing way, thou wilt wear away - by being thus continually employed, thou wilt soon become finally exhausted. And this people that is with thee; as if he had said, "Many of them are obliged to wait so long for the determination of their suit that their patience must be soon necessarily worn out, as there is no one to hear every cause but thyself."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

thou wilt surely wear away. Heb. fading thou wilt fade

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 near to 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 to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls...

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 spoke to 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...

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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
Exodus 18:17
Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good.

Numbers 11:14
I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.

Numbers 11:17
I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

Deuteronomy 1:9
At that time I said to you, "You are too heavy a burden for me to carry alone.

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

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