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Acts 21:22
So what is to be done? They will certainly hear that you've come.
It
Acts 4:19
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it's right in the sight of God [for us] to listen to you rather than to God, you decide;
Acts 25:27
For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner and not to indicate the charges against him."
we should
Exodus 18:17-26
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"What you're doing is not good," Moses' father-in-law said to him.
18
"You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can't do it alone.
19
Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you. You be the one to represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him.
20
Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do.
21
But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place [them] over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
22
They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear [it] with you.
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If you do this, and God [so] directs you, you will be able to endure, and also all these people will be able to go home satisfied."
24
Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
25
So Moses chose able men from all Israel and made them leaders over the people [as] officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
26
They judged the people at all times; the hard cases they would bring to Moses, but every minor case they would judge themselves.
Numbers 11:11-13
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So Moses asked the LORD, "Why have You brought such trouble on Your servant? Why are You angry with me, and why do You burden me with all these people?
12
Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth so You should tell me, 'Carry them at your breast, as a nursing woman carries a baby,' to the land that You swore to [give] their fathers?
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Where can I get meat to give all these people? For they are crying to me: 'Give us meat to eat!'
Deuteronomy 1:9-14
9
"I said to you at that time: I can't bear [the responsibility for] you on my own.
10
The LORD your God has so multiplied you that today you are as numerous as the stars of the sky.
11
May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times more, and bless you as He promised you.
12
But how can I bear your troubles, burdens, and disputes by myself?
13
Appoint for yourselves wise, understanding, and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will make them your leaders.
14
"You replied to me, 'What you propose to do is good.'
Nehemiah 6:3
So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?"
2 Timothy 2:4
To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday life.