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    People Who Exercised Judgment

    Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Genesis 49:16

    And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 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: 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. 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: 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. 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. So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land. Exodus 18:13-27

    Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which יהוה thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which יהוה thy God giveth thee. Deuteronomy 16:18-20

    If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which יהוה thy God shall choose; And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment: And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which יהוה shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee: According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left. And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before יהוה thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously. Deuteronomy 17:8-13

    And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for יהוה, who is with you in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of יהוה be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with יהוה our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. 2 Chronicles 19:5-7

    And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not. And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment. Ezra 7:25,26

    Related verses: Genesis 15:14, 16:5, 18:25, 19:9, 30:6, 31:37,53, 49:16, Exodus 2:14, 5:21, 18:13,16,22,26, 21:6,22, 22:8,9, Numbers 25:5, Deuteronomy 1:16, 17:12, 19:17,18, 21:2, 25:2, 32:31,36, Joshua 8:33, 23:2, 24:1, Judges 2:16-19, 3:10, 4:4, 10:2,3, 11:27, 12:7-14, 15:20, 16:31, Ruth 1:1, 1 Samuel 2:10,25, 3:13, 4:18, 7:6,15-17, 8:1,2,5,6,20, 24:12,15, 2 Samuel 7:11, 15:4, 1 Kings 3:9, 8:32, 2 Kings 15:5, 23:22, 1 Chronicles 16:33, 17:6,10, 23:4, 26:29, 2 Chronicles 1:2,10,11, 6:23, 19:5, 20:12, 26:21, Ezra 7:25, 10:14, Job 9:15,24, 12:17, 21:22, 22:13, 23:7, 31:11,28, 36:31, Psalms 2:10, 7:8,11, 9:4,19, 10:18, 26:1, 35:24, 37:33, 43:1, 50:4,6, 51:4, 54:1, 58:1,11, 67:4, 68:5, 72:4, 75:2,7, 82:1,2,8, 94:2, 96:10,13, 98:9, 109:7, 110:6, 135:14, 141:6, 148:11, Proverbs 8:16, 29:14, 31:9, Ecclesiastes 3:17, Isaiah 1:23,26, 2:4, 3:2,13, 5:3, 11:3,4, 33:22, 40:23, 51:5, Jeremiah 5:28, 11:20, 22:16, Lamentations 3:59, Ezekiel 7:3,8,27, 11:10,11, 16:38,52, 18:30, 20:4, 21:30, 22:2, 23:36, 23:45, 24:14, 28:23, 33:20, 34:17,20,22, 35:11, 36:19, Daniel 3:2,3, 9:12, Hosea 7:7, 13:10, Joel 3:12, Amos 2:3, Obadiah 1:21, Micah 3:11, 4:3, 5:1, 7:3, Zephaniah 3:3, Zechariah 3:7, Matthew 5:25, 7:1, 12:27, 19:28, Luke 6:37, 7:43, 11:19, 12:14,57,58, 18:2,6, 19:22, 22:30, John 7:51, 8:15,26,50, 12:47,48, 18:31, Acts 4:19, 7:7,27,35, 10:42, 13:20,46, 16:15, 17:31, 18:15, 23:3, 24:6,10, 25:9,20, 26:6, Romans 2:1,12,16,27, 3:4,6,7, 14:3,4,13, 1 Corinthians 2:15, 4:4,5, 5:3,12,13, 6:2,3,5, 10:15,29, 11:13,31,32, 14:24,29, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Colossians 2:16, 2 Timothy 4:1,8, Hebrews 10:30, 11:11, 12:23, 13:4, James 2:4,12, 4:11,12, 5:9, 1 Peter 1:17, 2:23, 4:5,6, Revelation 6:10, 11:18, 16:5, 18:8, 19:11, 20:12,13

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