Leaders Appointed

Deuteronomy 1

9 "At that time n I said to you, 'I am not able to bear you by myself. 10 The Lord your God has multiplied you, and behold, o you are today as numerous as the stars of heaven. 11 p May the Lord, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, q as he has promised you! 12 r How can I bear by myself the weight and burden of you and your strife? 13 s Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.' 14 And you answered me, 'The thing that you have spoken is good for us to do.' 15 So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, t and set them as heads over you, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, commanders of fifties, commanders of tens, and officers, throughout your tribes. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, 'Hear the cases between your brothers, and u judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. 17 v You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for w the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall x bring to me, and I will hear it.' 18 And I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do.

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 11:14
    I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me.
    Exodus 18:18
    You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:22
    Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.
    Deuteronomy 28:62
    Whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God.
    Genesis 15:5
    And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be.
  3. Cross References
    2 Samuel 24:3
    But Joab said to the king, "May the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 12:2
    And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
    Genesis 22:17
    I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies.
    Genesis 26:3
    Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father.
    Genesis 26:24
    And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham's sake.
  5. Cross References
    1 Kings 3:8 - 9
    And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 18:21
    Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
    Numbers 11:16 - 17
    Then the Lord said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.
  7. Cross References
    Exodus 18:25
    Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 16:18
    You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
    John 7:24
    Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 16:19
    You shall not pervert justice. You shall not sh...
    Exodus 23:2 - 3
    You shall not fall in with the many to do evil,...
    Leviticus 19:15
    You shall do no injustice in court. You shall n...
    2 Chronicles 19:7
    Now then, let the fear of the Lord be upon you....
    Proverbs 24:23
    These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality ...
    Proverbs 28:21
    To show partiality is not good, but for a piece...
    Malachi 2:9
    And so I make you despised and abased before al...
    James 2:1
    My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the...
    James 2:9
    But if you show partiality, you are committing ...
  10. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 19:6
    And said to the judges, "Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord. He is with you in giving judgment.
    Exodus 21:6
    Then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever.
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 18:22
    And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.
    Exodus 18:26
    And they judged the people at all times. Any hard case they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves.
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