||But how can I bear the burden, responsibility and conflict that you present if I am all by myself?
Eychah esa levadi torchachem umasa'achem verivchem.
||Designate for yourselves men who are wise, understanding, and known to your tribes, and I will appoint them as your leaders.'
Havu lachem anashim chachamim unevonim vidu'im leshivteychem va'asimem berasheychem.
||You answered me, 'Yours is a good suggestion.'
Vata'anu oti vatomeru tov-hadavar asher-dibarta la'asot.
|known to your tribes|
(Rashi). Or, '... men from your tribes who are wise, understanding and well known' (Ramban), or, 'knowledgeable' (Adereth Eliahu; HaKethav VeHaKabbalah), or, 'prudent men' (Septuagint).
|I will appoint them|
Although this was Jethro's suggestion (Exodus 18:24), here the Torah only records Moses' oration (see note on Deuteronomy 1:1). Some say that Moses did not discuss the appointment until after Jethro had left (Abarbanel).