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Exodus 33:1-23

33  And Jehovah spoke to Moses “Go on, go up from here, you and the people you have brought up out of Egypt, to the country of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, ‘I will give it to your descendants,’ 2*  and I will send before you an Angel and expel the Canaanites, Amorites, and Hittites, and the Perizzites, Hivvites, and Jebusites; 3  to a country that runs milk and honey. For I will not go up among you, because you are a hard-necked people, so that I might exterminate you on the way.” 4  And the people heard this bad word, and mourned, and not a man put on his jewelry. 5  And Jehovah said to Moses “Say to the sons of Israel ‘You are a hard-necked people; going up among you for one moment I should end you; now lay off your jewelry and I will see what I will do for you’”; 6  and the sons of Israel laid off their jewelry from Mount Horeb on. 7**  And Moses would take the tent and pitch it for him outside the camp, at a distance from the camp, and call it the Tent of Meeting; and everyone who was looking for Jehovah would go out to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp. 8  And when Moses went out to the Tent all the people would rise and take their stand at the doors of their tents and look after Moses till he went into the Tent. 9  And when Moses went into the Tent the pillar of cloud would come down and stand at the door of the Tent and talk with Moses; 10  and all the people would see the pillar of cloud standing at the door of the Tent, and all the people would rise and do reverence at the doors of their tents; 11  and Jehovah would talk with Moses face to face as a man talks with his friend. And he would go back to the camp, but his attendant Joshuaʽ the son of Nun, a young man, never budged from within the Tent. 12  And Moses said to Jehovah “See, you are saying to me ‘Lead this people up,’ and you have not made me acquainted with the one you will send with me; and you have said ‘I know you by name and you have my goodwill.’ 13  Now, if I have your goodwill, make known your paths to me that I may know you, so that I may have your goodwill. And observe that this nation is your own people.” 14  And he said “My presence shall go, and I will give you rest.” 15  And he said to him “If your presence does not go, do not send us up from here. 16*  And by what is it to be known that I have your goodwill, I and your people? is it not by your going with us and our being distinguished, I and your people, from all the people on the face of the earth?” 17  And Jehovah said to Moses “This thing too that you speak of I will do, because you have my goodwill and I know you by name.” 18  And he said “Show me your glory.” 19  And he said “I will pass all my goodliness before you and proclaim the name of Jehovah before you, and be gracious to whom I am gracious to and merciful to whom I am merciful to.” 20  And he said “You cannot see my face, because man does not see my face and live.” 21*  And Jehovah said “Here I have a place in mind; and you shall take your stand on the rock, 22  and when my glory is passing by I will place you in the cavity of the rock and I will cover over you with my hand till I have gone past; 23  and I will take my hand away and you shall see my back, and my face not be seen.”

Footnotes

33:2 Var. who shall expel
33:7 Or a tent
33:7 Or and they called it
33:16 Var. all the peoples
33:21 Or a place by me; and