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出埃及記 18

葉忒羅看望摩西

1摩西的岳父——米甸的祭司葉忒羅,聽說上帝為摩西和祂的子民以色列人所做的一切事——如何帶領他們離開埃及, 就帶著女兒西坡拉和兩個外孫去見摩西。西坡拉是摩西的妻子,摩西曾讓她回娘家暫時居住。 摩西的兩個兒子一個叫革舜,因為摩西說:「我成了在異鄉寄居的人」; 一個叫以利以謝,因為摩西說:「我父親的上帝幫助我,從法老的刀下拯救了我。」 摩西的岳父葉忒羅帶著摩西的妻子和兩個兒子來到上帝的山,就是摩西在曠野安營的地方。 葉忒羅事先差人把他帶著摩西的妻子和兩個兒子要來的消息通知摩西。 摩西出去迎接岳父,向他下拜,與他親吻,彼此問安,然後大家都進了帳篷。 摩西把耶和華為拯救以色列人而向法老和埃及人所行的事,以及怎樣救百姓脫離路上遇見的種種困難,都告訴了葉忒羅。 葉忒羅為耶和華恩待以色列人、把他們救出埃及而高興, 10 便說:「耶和華當受稱頌,因為祂從埃及人和法老手中拯救了你們,把這百姓從埃及人手中拯救了出來。 11 我現在知道,耶和華比一切神明都偉大,因為祂懲治了虐待這些百姓的狂妄之徒。」

12 摩西的岳父葉忒羅說完,便向上帝獻燔祭及其他祭物。亞倫和以色列的長老都來與他一起在上帝面前吃飯。

13 第二天,摩西坐著審理百姓的糾紛,百姓從早到晚都站在摩西周圍。 14 摩西的岳父葉忒羅看見摩西對百姓所行的一切,就對摩西說:「你為什麼這樣處理百姓的事?為什麼你獨自坐著,眾百姓從早到晚都站在你周圍?」 15 摩西對岳父說:「他們是來求問上帝的, 16 我親自審理他們中間的是非,教他們認識上帝的律例和法度。」 17 摩西的岳父葉忒羅勸摩西說:「這不是好方法, 18 你和這些百姓都會疲憊不堪,你一個人無法擔當如此繁重的工作。 19 你要聽我的勸告,願上帝與你同在。你要做百姓的代表,把案件奏明上帝, 20 又要教導他們律例和法度,指示他們當行的道、當做的事。 21 此外,要在百姓當中挑選一些敬畏上帝、有才幹、誠實、正直、憎惡不義之財的人,派他們做千夫長、百夫長、五十夫長和十夫長,管理百姓。 22 讓他們隨時為百姓判案,處理小糾紛,遇到大事才由你審理。有他們分擔你的責任,你會更輕省。 23 如果你這樣做,並且上帝也這樣吩咐你,你就能承受得住,百姓也可以平安地回家。」

24 於是,摩西接納了岳父的建議,依言而行, 25 從百姓中挑選有才幹的人,委派他們做千夫長、百夫長、五十夫長和十夫長管理百姓。 26 他們負責隨時審理百姓的事,遇到難斷的案件就呈到摩西那裡,自己則審理普通的事。 27 之後,摩西送岳父上路,他就返回了家鄉。

King James Version

Exodus 18

1When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt;

Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:

And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:

And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:

And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.

And Moses told his father in law all that the Lord had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the Lord delivered them.

And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.

11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

12 And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God.

13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.

14 And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

17 And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18 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.

19 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:

20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.

23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

25 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.

26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.