Exodus 33 ©

The LORD refuses to go with the people as He had promised, vs. 1, etc. The people mourn over it, and lay by their ornaments, 4. Moses causes the tabernacle to be brought forth outside the camp, 7. He goes into it, and God speaks with him in it, 9. He prays to the LORD, to show him His way, 12. And that He would be pleased to go with the people, 15. Which God promises again unto him, 17. He desires to see the glory of God, 18. God promises to proclaim His Name abroad, 19. But His face could be seen by no man, 20.


AND the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I 1sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, 2saying, Unto thya seed will I give it:


And I will send an angel 3before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the 4Jebusite:


Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for 5I will not go up in the midst of thee; forb thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.


¶And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.


For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee 6in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.


And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments 7by the mount Horeb.


And Moses took 8the tabernacle, and 9pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which 10sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.


And it came to pass, when Moses 11went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people 12rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.


And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the 13cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and 14the LORD 15talked with Moses.


And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.


And the LORD spake unto Moses 16face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And 17he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, 18departed not out of the tabernacle.


¶And Moses said unto the LORD, See, 19thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know 20whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I 21know thee by name, and thou 22hast also found grace in my sight.


Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, 23shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, 24that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.


And he said, 25My presence 26shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.


And 27he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.


For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? soc shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.


And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing 28also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, 29and I know thee by name.


And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.


And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I 30will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; andd will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.


And he said, Thou canst 31not see 32my face: for there shall no man see 33me, and live.


And the LORD said, Behold, there is 34a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:


And it shall come to pass, 35while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clifte of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:


And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but 36my face shall not be seen.