Exodus 33

God Commands the People to Leave Sinai

(1) The LORD said to Moses, "Depart, and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, 'To your descendants I will give it.'

(2) I will send an angel before you; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.

(3) Go to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in the midst of you; for you are an obstinate people; lest I consume you on the way."

The People Mourn

(4) And when the people heard this evil news, they mourned, and no man put on his ornaments.

(5) For the LORD had said to Moses, "Say to the children of Israel, 'YOU are a stubborn people. I will come into the midst of you in a moment, and consume you; now therefore take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do to you.' "

(6) So the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by mount Horeb.

The Tabernacle is Removed Out of the Camp

(7) Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. It came to pass, that everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of the congregation, which was outside the camp.

(8) And it came to pass, when Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and every man stood at his tent door, and looked at Moses, until he had gone into the tabernacle.

The Lord Talks With Moses

(9) It came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.

(10) All the people saw the cloudy pillar standing at the tabernacle door; and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

(11) The LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he turned again into the camp, but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart out of the tabernacle.

Moses Sees God’s Glory

(12) And Moses said to the LORD, "See, you say to me, 'Bring up these people;' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in my sight.'

(13) Now therefore, if I have found grace in your sight, please show me now your way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in your sight; and consider that this nation is your people."

(14) He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest."

(15) And he said to him, "If your presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here.

(16) For how shall it be known that I and your people have found grace in your sight? Is it not in you going with us? So we shall be separated, I and your people, from all the people that are on the face of the earth."

(17) And the LORD said to Moses, "I also will do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name."

(18) He said, "I implore you, show me your glory."

(19) He said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy."

(20) And he said, "You can not see my face, for no man shall see me, and live."

(21) The LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by me, and you shall stand on a rock.

(22) It shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will 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 not be seen."

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