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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  his  excellence,  or  gain,  a  prince  or  priest  of  Midian,  who 
  succeeded  his  father  Reuel.  Moses  spent  forty  years  after  his 
  exile  from  the  Egyptian  court  as  keeper  of  Jethro's  flocks. 
  While  the  Israelites  were  encamped  at  Sinai,  and  soon  after 
  their  victory  over  Amalek,  Jethro  came  to  meet  Moses,  bringing 
  with  him  Zipporah  and  her  two  sons.  They  met  at  the  "mount  of 
  God,"  and  "Moses  told  him  all  that  the  Lord  had  done  unto 
  Pharaoh"  (Ex.  18:8).  On  the  following  day  Jethro,  observing  the 
  multiplicity  of  the  duties  devolving  on  Moses,  advised  him  to 
  appoint  subordinate  judges,  rulers  of  thousands,  of  hundreds,  of 
  fifties,  and  of  tens,  to  decide  smaller  matters,  leaving  only 
  the  weightier  matters  to  be  referred  to  Moses,  to  be  laid  before 
  the  Lord.  This  advice  Moses  adopted  (Ex.  18).  He  was  also  called 
  Hobab  (q.v.),  which  was  probably  his  personal  name  while  Jethro 
  was  an  official  name  (See  {MOSES}.) 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Jethro,  his  excellence;  his  posterity