Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

出埃及記 18


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。

New Living Translation

Exodus 18

Jethro’s Visit to Moses

1Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, heard about everything God had done for Moses and his people, the Israelites. He heard especially about how the Lord had rescued them from Egypt.

Earlier, Moses had sent his wife, Zipporah, and his two sons back to Jethro, who had taken them in. (Moses’ first son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses had said when the boy was born, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.” His second son was named Eliezer,[b] for Moses had said, “The God of my ancestors was my helper; he rescued me from the sword of Pharaoh.”) Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, now came to visit Moses in the wilderness. He brought Moses’ wife and two sons with him, and they arrived while Moses and the people were camped near the mountain of God. Jethro had sent a message to Moses, saying, “I, Jethro, your father-in-law, am coming to see you with your wife and your two sons.”

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law. He bowed low and kissed him. They asked about each other’s welfare and then went into Moses’ tent. Moses told his father-in-law everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and Egypt on behalf of Israel. He also told about all the hardships they had experienced along the way and how the Lord had rescued his people from all their troubles. Jethro was delighted when he heard about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel as he rescued them from the hand of the Egyptians.

10 “Praise the Lord,” Jethro said, “for he has rescued you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. Yes, he has rescued Israel from the powerful hand of Egypt! 11 I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because he rescued his people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians.”

12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God. Aaron and all the elders of Israel came out and joined him in a sacrificial meal in God’s presence.

Jethro’s Wise Advice

13 The next day, Moses took his seat to hear the people’s disputes against each other. They waited before him from morning till evening.

14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”

15 Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. 16 When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.”

17 “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. 18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. 19 Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. 20 Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. 21 But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 22 They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. 23 If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”

24 Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions. 25 He chose capable men from all over Israel and appointed them as leaders over the people. He put them in charge of groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 26 These men were always available to solve the people’s common disputes. They brought the major cases to Moses, but they took care of the smaller matters themselves.

27 Soon after this, Moses said good-bye to his father-in-law, who returned to his own land.

  1. 18:3 Gershom sounds like a Hebrew term that means “a foreigner there.”
  2. 18:4 Eliezer means “God is my helper.”