Is not a wise one among you, not even one, who shall be able to judge between his brothers?

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Exodus 18:20 And you shall make them brilliant (וְהִזְהַרְתָּ֣ה) with the statutes (הַחֻקִּ֖ים) and the Instructions (הַתּוֹרֹ֑ת), and make them to know by experience the Way that they shall go, and the Actions they will make

 21 “But you yourself, from all the people, see that you look for (תֶחֱזֶ֣ה) men with valiant ability (אַנְשֵׁי־חַ֜יִל), those reverentially awestruck by Elohim (יִרְאֵ֧י אֱלֹהִ֛ים), men of truth (אֱמֶ֖ת), hating plunder (שֹׂ֣נְאֵי בָ֑צַע). And place these over them to be chiefs (שָׂרֵ֤י) over thousands, chiefs over hundreds, chiefs over fifties, and chiefs over tens. 

22 “And they shall rightly judge (וְשָׁפְט֣וּ) the People (אֶת־הָעָם֮) at all times. And it shall be that they bring every great matter to you, but they themselves rightly judge every small matter. So, make it lighter for yourself, for they shall bear with you."

Deut. 1:13 ‘Choose men, wise ones (חֲכָמִים֙) and discerning ones (נְבֹנִ֛ים), and known ones (ידֻעִ֖ים) to your tribes , and let me appoint them as your heads (בְּרָאשֵׁיכֶֽם).

14 “And you answered me and said, ‘The word which you have spoken to us to do is good.’

15 “And I took unto me (וָאֶקַּ֞ח) the leaders (רָאשֵׁי) of your tribes, wise men and known, and I set them (וָאֶתֵּ֥ן) as heads over you, chiefs (שָׂרֵ֤י) over thousands, and chiefs of hundreds, and chiefs of fifties, and chiefs of tens, and chiefs for your tribes.

16 “And I commanded your judges (שֹׁ֣פְטֵיכֶ֔ם) at that time, saying, ‘When hearing between your brothers, judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger who is with him.

17 ‘Do not show partiality in judgment, hear the small as well as the great. Do not be afraid of anyone’s face: judgment belongs to Elohim

Deut. 16:18Appoint judges and officers within all your gates, which יהוה your Elohim is giving you, according to your tribes. 

And they shall judge the people with righteous right-ruling. Do not distort right-ruling. Do not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. 

Follow righteousness, righteousness alone, so that you live and inherit the land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you." 

Deut. 17:8 “When any matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, or between stroke and stroke – matters of strife within your gates – then you shall rise and go up to the place which יהוה your Elohim chooses,

and shall come to the priests, the Lĕvites, and to The Judge who will be in those days, and shall make diligent inquiry (וְדָרַשְׁתָּ֙). And they shall conspicuously declare (וְהִגִּ֣ידוּ) to you the word of right-ruling,

10 and you shall do according to the word which they conspicuously declare to you from that place which יהוה chooses. And you shall guard to do according to all that they teach you.

11 Do according to the Torah in which they teach you, according to the right-ruling which they say to you. You do not turn to the right or to the left from the word which they declare to you.

12 “And the man who acts arrogantly, so as not to listen to the priest who stands to serve there before יהוה your Elohim, or to the judge, that man shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Yisra’ĕl.

13 “And let all the people hear and fear, and no longer do arrogantly.

Amos 5:15: Hate evil and love good, and let them cause right-ruling to remain (וְהַצִּ֥יגוּ) in the gate. It might be that יהוה Elohim of hosts shows favour to the remnant of Yosĕph

שִׂנְאוּ־רָע֙ וְאֶ֣הֱבוּ טֹ֔וב וְהַצִּ֥יגוּ בַשַּׁ֖עַר מִשְׁפָּ֑ט אוּלַ֗י יֶֽחֱנַ֛ן יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵֽי־צְבָאֹ֖ות שְׁאֵרִ֥ית יֹוסֵֽף

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