Exodus 33

The Command to Leave Sinai

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Depart and go up from here, you a and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, b 'To your descendants I will give it.' 2 c "And I will send My Angel before you, d and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. 3 "Go up e to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest f I 1 consume you on the way, for you are a g stiff-necked 2 people."

4 And when the people heard this bad news, h they mourned, i and no one put on his ornaments. 5 For the LORD had said to Moses, "Say to the children of Israel, 'You are a stiff-necked people. I could come up into your midst in one moment and consume you. Now therefore, take off your 3 ornaments, that I may j know what to do to you.' " 6 So the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by Mount Horeb.

The Tent of Meeting

7 Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and k called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who l sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. 8 So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood m at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. 9 And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD n talked with Moses. 10 All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and o worshiped, each man in his tent door. 11 So p the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but q his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

Moses' Intercession

12 Then Moses said to the LORD, "See, r You say to me, 'Bring up this people.' But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, s 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.' 13 "Now therefore, I pray, t if I have found grace in Your sight, u show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is v Your people." 14 And He said, w "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you x rest." 15 Then he said to Him, y "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 "For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, z except You go with us? So we a shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth."

17 So the LORD said to Moses, b "I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name." 18 And he said, "Please, show me c Your glory." 19 Then He said, "I will make all My d goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. e I will be gracious to whom I will be f gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." 20 But He said, "You cannot see My face; for g no man shall see Me, and live." 21 And the LORD said, "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 "So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you h in the cleft of the rock, and will i cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 "Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall j not be seen."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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