The Levites with them were Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah; the priests, Elishama and Jehoram, were with these Levites.
"If a case is too difficult for you-- concerning bloodshed, lawsuits, or assaults-- cases disputed at your gates, you must go up to the place the LORD your God chooses.
You are to go to the Levitical priests and to the judge who presides at that time. Ask, and they will give you a verdict in the case.
You must abide by the verdict they give you at the place the LORD chooses. Be careful to do exactly as they instruct you.
You must abide by the instruction they give you and the verdict they announce to you. Do not turn to the right or the left from the decision they declare to you.
The person who acts arrogantly, refusing to listen either to the priest who stands there serving the LORD your God or to the judge, must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.
Then all the people will hear [about it], be afraid, and no longer behave arrogantly.
"Of these," [David said], "24,000 are to be in charge of the work on the LORD's temple, 6,000 are to be officers and judges,
From the Izrahites: Chenaniah and his sons had the outside duties as officers and judges over Israel.
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.
Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do.
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.
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.
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."
Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
So Moses chose able men from all Israel and made them leaders over the people [as] officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
They judged the people at all times; the hard cases they would bring to Moses, but every minor case they would judge themselves.
Then the priests, the sons of Levi, will come forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in the LORD's name, and they are to give a ruling in every dispute and [case of] assault.
"If there is a dispute between men, they are to go to court, and the judges will hear their case. They will clear the innocent and condemn the guilty.