EXODUS 18:21

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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:”

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Exodus 18:21 Translation & Meaning

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Moreover thou וְאַתָּ֣ה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you Moreover
shalt provide תֶֽחֱזֶ֣ה To gaze at; mentally to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure); specifically, to have a vision of provide
out of all מִכָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) out all
the people הָ֠עָם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
able חַ֜יִל Probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength able
men, אַנְשֵׁי A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
such as fear יִרְאֵ֧י Fearing; morally, reverent such fear
God, אֱלֹהִ֛ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
men אַנְשֵׁ֥י A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
of truth, אֱמֶ֖ת Stability; (figuratively) certainty, truth, trustworthiness truth
hating שֹׂ֣נְאֵי To hate (personally) hating
covetousness; בָ֑צַע Plunder; by extension, gain (usually unjust) covetousness
and place וְשַׂמְתָּ֣ To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) place
such (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
over עֲלֵהֶ֗ם Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications over
them, rulers שָׂרֵ֤י A head person (of any rank or class) rulers
to be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of thousands, אֲלָפִים֙ Hence (the ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand thousands
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
rulers שָׂרֵ֣י A head person (of any rank or class) rulers
of hundreds, מֵא֔וֹת A hundred; also as a multiplicative and a fraction hundreds
rulers שָׂרֵ֥י A head person (of any rank or class) rulers
of fifties, חֲמִשִּׁ֖ים Fifty fifties
and rulers וְשָׂרֵ֥י A head person (of any rank or class) rulers
of tens: עֲשָׂרֹֽת׃ Ten (as an accumulation to the extent of the digits) tens

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  • 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.




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