Exodus 18:17-22
And Moses' father in law said to him, The thing that you do is not good.…

1. Supreme governors had need of subordinate to carry on the burden of government.

2. Men entrusted with government should be eminently qualified with wisdom, knowledge, courage, etc. Each endowment may give a special observation.

3. Variety of bounds for power are requisite to the various capacities of rulers (ver. 21).

4. Men so designed to rule ought all times reasonably to attend on judgment.

5. Matters of greatest moment have a just way of appeal from lesser to superior judges.

6. Smaller matters are reasonably to be concluded by lesser hands.

7. Such distribution of work in government maketh the burden more easy (ver. 22).

8. Supreme rulers managing their affairs by others according to God's command, walk safely.

9. Prosperity to prince and people may be well expected by keeping God's commands (ver. 23).

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

WEB: Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you do is not good.

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