The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 1:9–18

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And I spoke unto you at that time, saying: 'I am not able to bear you myself alone;

And I said to you, at that time

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10  YHWH your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.--

10  The Lord your God has multiplied you, and, behold, ye are to-day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

10  ‘I alone am not able to sustain you. For the Lord, your God, has multiplied you, and you are today like the stars of heaven, very many.

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11  YHWH, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as He hath promised you!--

11  The Lord God of your fathers add to you a thousand-fold more than you are, and bless you as he has spoken to you.

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12  How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

12  How shall I alone be able to bear your labour, and your burden, and your gainsayings?

12  Alone, I do not have the strength to endure your arbitrations and judgments and disputes.

13  Get you, from each one of your tribes, wise men, and understanding, and full of knowledge, and I will make them heads over you.'

13  Take to yourselves wise and understanding and prudent men for your tribes, and I will set your leaders over you.

13  Offer, from among you, wise and experienced men, those whose conversation has been proven within your tribes, so that I may appoint them as your rulers.’

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14  And ye answered me, and said: 'The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.'

14  Then you responded to me: ‘What you intend to do is a good thing.’

14  And you answered and said to me, The thing that you have spoken is good for us to do.

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15  So I took the heads of your tribes, wise men, and full of knowledge, and made them heads over you, captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens, and officers, tribe by tribe.

15  So I took of you wise and understanding and prudent men, and I set them to rule over you as rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, and rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens, and officers to your judges.

15  And so, I took from your tribes men, wise and noble, and I appointed them as rulers, as tribunes and centurions, and as leaders over fifty and over ten, who would teach you each thing.

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16  And I charged your judges at that time, saying: 'Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.

16  And I instructed them, saying: ‘Listen to them, and judge what is just, whether he is one of your citizens or a sojourner.

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17  Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; ye shall hear the small and the great alike; ye shall not be afraid of the face of any man; for the judgment is God's; and the cause that is too hard for you ye shall bring unto me, and I will hear it.'

17  Thou shalt not have respect to persons in judgement, thou shalt judge small and great equally; thou shalt not shrink from before the person of a man, for the judgement is God’s; and whatsoever matter shall be too hard for you, ye shall bring it to me, and I will hear it.

17  There shall be no favoritism to any persons. So you shall listen to the little as well as to the great. And you shall not accept anyone’s reputation, for this is the judgment of God. But if anything seems difficult to you, then refer it to me, and I will hear it.’

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18  And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.

18  And I instructed you in all that you were obliged to do.