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Exodus 18:19

    Exodus 18:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Listen now to my voice, I will give you counsel, and God shall be with you: Be you for the people to God-ward, that you may bring the causes to God:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God be with thee: be thou for the people to God-ward, and bring thou the causes unto God:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give ear now to my suggestion, and may God be with you: you are to be the people's representative before God, taking their causes to him:

    Webster's Revision

    Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God be with thee: be thou for the people to God-ward, and bring thou the causes unto God:

    World English Bible

    Listen now to my voice. I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You represent the people before God, and bring the causes to God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God be with thee: be thou for the people to God-ward, and bring thou the causes unto God:

    Definitions for Exodus 18:19

    Ward - Prison; custody.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 18:19

    I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee - Jethro seems to have been a man of great understanding and prudence. His advice to Moses was most appropriate and excellent; and it was probably given under the immediate inspiration of God, for after such sacrificial rites, and public acknowledgment of God, the prophetic spirit might be well expected to descend and rest upon him. God could have showed Moses the propriety and necessity of adopting such measures before, but he chose in this case to help man by man, and in the present instance a permanent basis was laid to consolidate the union of the two families, and prevent all future misunderstandings.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 18:19

    Counsel - Jethro draws the distinction between the functions of the legislator and the judge.

    To God-ward - Literally, "before God," standing between them and God, both as His minister or representative and also as the representative of the people, their agent, so to speak, or deputy before God.