The Lord refuseth to go with the people. The people mourn thereat. The tabernacle is removed out of the camp. The Lord talketh familiarly with Moses out of the cloudy pillar. Moses prayeth for the continuance of God's presence, and desireth to see the glory of God.
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 bsware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
2 And cI will send an angel before thee; dand I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:
3 Unto a eland flowing with milk and honey: for I will fnot 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 gmourned: and hno man did put on him his ornaments.
5 For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a istiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now jput off thy ornaments from thee, that I may kknow what to do unto thee.
6 And the children of Israel lstripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.
7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it *without the camp, mafar off from the camp, and ncalled it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which osought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle 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 pstood every man at his tent 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 qcloudy 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 rrose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
11 And the LORD sspake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his tservant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
12 ¶And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, uBring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, vI know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now wthy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is xthy people.
14 And he said, My ypresence shall go with thee, and I will give thee zrest.
15 And he said unto him, If athy 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? bis it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be cseparated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
17 And the LORD said unto Moses, dI will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for ethou hast found grace in my sight, and fI know thee by name.
18 And he said, I gbeseech thee, shew me thy glory.
19 And he said, I will make all my hgoodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; iand will be gracious to whom I will be jgracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
20 And he said, kThou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see 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 lin a *clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: