Deuteronomy 16:18

Judges and officers shall you make in all your gates, which the LORD your God gives you, throughout your tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Magistrates, (magistros,) "masters "people learned in the law, who may assist the judges with their counsel in any emergency. Hebrew shot rim, "officers, heralds, lictors", chap. i. 15. (Haydock) Bonfrere (in Exodus xviii. 25,) thinks that these were the judges set over each tribe, or else the assessors of the judges. (Menochius) The Rabbins mention three tribunals of the Jews: 1. The Sanhedrim, consisting of seventy judges, with a prince at the head of them; 2. the twenty-three judges, who resided in considerable cities; 3. the tribunal of three judges, who administered justice in the villages, which had not above 120 inhabitants. But Josephus ( iv. last chapter.) only mentions, that Moses established in each city seven judges, who had each two officers of the tribe of Levi. Gates, where the judges sat.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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