“Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the Lord had done to Israel, in delivering them from the Egyptians.” Exodus 18:9 NRSV
Joy and rejoice are obviously related words. The definitions of rejoice are “to give joy to,” or “to feel joy or great delight.” That’s good, because the NIV translation of today’s verse says “Jethro was delighted.”
As I began this project, I compiled a list of verses using NIV (New International Version), NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) and ESV (English Standard Version). These are the three translations I personally use for study, each for its own reason. This is a case where I can see the joy in the passage even when the word isn’t used in the NIV. Why was Jethro rejoicing? Because Moses (his son-in-law, btw) had just explained to him everything God had done to lead His chosen people out of Egypt, and all of the difficulties they had faced that God had brought them through. Of course Jethro rejoiced to hear it! And how did he rejoice? Take a look:
10 Jethro said, “Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, because he delivered the people from the Egyptians, when they dealt arrogantly with them.”
I will sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider
he has hurled into the sea.The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.