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Exodus 18:11

    Exodus 18:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now I know that Jehovah is greater than all gods; yea, in the thing wherein they dealt proudly against them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now I am certain that the Lord is greater than all gods, for he has overcome them in their pride.

    Webster's Revision

    Now I know that Jehovah is greater than all gods; yea, in the thing wherein they dealt proudly against 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."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: yea, in the thing wherein they dealt proudly against them.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 18:11

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 18:11

    Greater than all gods - See Exodus 15:11. The words simply indicate a conviction of the incomparable might and majesty of Yahweh.

    For in ... above them - i. e. the greatness of Yahweh was shown in those transactions wherein the Egyptians had thought to deal haughtily and cruelly against the Israelites. Jethro refers especially to the destruction of the Egyptian host in the Red Sea.

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 18:11

    18:11 Now know I that JEHOVAH is greater than all gods - That the God of Israel is greater than all pretenders; all deities, that usurp divine honours: he silenceth them, subdues them all, and is himself the only living and true God. He is also higher than all princes and potentates, who also are called gods, and has both an incontestable authority over them, and an irresistible power to control them; he manages them all as he pleaseth, and gets honour upon them how great soever they are. Now know I: he knew it before, but now he knew it better; his faith grew up to a full assurance, upon this fresh evidence; for wherein they dealt proudly - The magicians or idols of Egypt, or Pharaoh and his grandees, opposing God, and setting up in competition with him, he was above them. The magicians were baffled, Pharaoh humbled, his powers broken, and Israel rescued out of their hands.