The Lord promises to be with Israel and drive out the people of the land—The tabernacle of the congregation is moved away from the camp—The Lord speaks to Moses face to face in the tabernacle—Later, Moses sees the glory of God but not His face.
1 And the Lord said unto Moses, aDepart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy bseed will I give it:
2 And I will send an aangel before thee; and I will drive out the bCanaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:
3 Unto a land aflowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.
4 ¶ And when the people heard these evil tidings, they amourned: and no man did put on him his bornaments.
5 For the Lord had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a astiffnecked people: bI will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.
6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.
7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the aTabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the btabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.
8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his atent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.
9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the acloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.
10 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.
11 And the Lord aspake unto Moses bface to face, as a man cspeaketh unto his dfriend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant eJoshua, the son of fNun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
12 ¶ And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, aBring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I bknow thee by cname, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found agrace in thy sight, bshew me now thy cway, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is dthy epeople.
14 And he said, My apresence shall go with thee, and I will give thee brest.
15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou agoest with us? so shall we be bseparated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
17 And the Lord said unto Moses, aI will bdo this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
18 And he said, I beseech thee, ashew me thy bglory.
19 And he said, I will make all my agoodness pass before thee, and I will bproclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew cmercy on whom I will shew mercy.
20 aAnd he said, Thou canst not see my face: for bthere shall no man csee me, and live.
21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand awhile I pass by:
23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt asee my bback parts: but my face shall not be cseen.