Deuteronomy 16:18

“Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iudges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates which the Lord thy God giueth thee throughout thy tribes: and they shall iudge the people with iust iudgement.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee, according to thy tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are to make judges and overseers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, for every tribe: and they are to be upright men, judging the people in righteousness.
- Basic English Bible

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes, that they may judge the people with just judgment.
- Darby Bible

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
- Webster's Bible

You shall make judges and officers in all your gates, which Yahweh your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
- World English Bible

`Judges and authorities thou dost make to thee within all thy gates which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee, for thy tribes; and they have judged the people -- a righteous judgment.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, tribe by tribe; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 16:18


16:18 Judges - Chief magistrates to examine and determine causes and differences. Officers - Who were subordinate to the other to bring causes and persons before him, to acquaint people with the sentence of the judges, and to execute their sentence. Thy gates - Thy cities, which he here calls gates, because there were seats of judgment set. Pursuant to this law, in every town which contained above an hundred and twenty families, there was a court of twenty three judges; in the smaller towns, a court of three judges.


Discussion for Deuteronomy 16:18

  • Herman Velarde for verse 18
    My thoughts of Det.16:18 are that judging from the decisions made today 2000 -2015 on many of the cases that I hear about and read about, GOD HAS GOT TO BE disappointed, indignant, totally angry and displeased with many "judges ".

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