The Tent of Meeting

Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.”(A) Anyone inquiring(B) of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents,(C) watching Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud(D) would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke(E) with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent.(F) 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face,(G) as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua(H) son of Nun did not leave the tent.

Moses and the Glory of the Lord

12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’(I) but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name(J) and you have found favor(K) with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways(L) so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”(M)

14 The Lord replied, “My Presence(N) will go with you, and I will give you rest.”(O)

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence(P) does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?(Q) What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”(R)

17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked,(S) because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”(T)

18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”(U)

19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass(V) in front of you, and I will proclaim my name,(W) the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.(X) 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see(Y) me and live.”

21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock(Z) and cover you with my hand(AA) until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

The New Stone Tablets

34 The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones,(AB) and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets,(AC) which you broke.(AD) Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai.(AE) Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain;(AF) not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.”

So Moses chiseled(AG) out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands.(AH) Then the Lord came down in the cloud(AI) and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord.(AJ) And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate(AK) and gracious God, slow to anger,(AL) abounding in love(AM) and faithfulness,(AN) maintaining love to thousands,(AO) and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.(AP) Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished;(AQ) he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”(AR)

Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. “Lord,” he said, “if I have found favor(AS) in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us.(AT) Although this is a stiff-necked(AU) people, forgive our wickedness and our sin,(AV) and take us as your inheritance.”(AW)

10 Then the Lord said: “I am making a covenant(AX) with you. Before all your people I will do wonders(AY) never before done in any nation in all the world.(AZ) The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you. 11 Obey what I command(BA) you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.(BB) 12 Be careful not to make a treaty(BC) with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare(BD) among you. 13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.[a](BE) 14 Do not worship any other god,(BF) for the Lord, whose name(BG) is Jealous, is a jealous God.(BH)

15 “Be careful not to make a treaty(BI) with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute(BJ) themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices.(BK) 16 And when you choose some of their daughters as wives(BL) for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods,(BM) they will lead your sons to do the same.

17 “Do not make any idols.(BN)

18 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread.(BO) For seven days eat bread made without yeast,(BP) as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv,(BQ) for in that month you came out of Egypt.

19 “The first offspring(BR) of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock. 20 Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck.(BS) Redeem all your firstborn sons.(BT)

“No one is to appear before me empty-handed.(BU)

21 “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest;(BV) even during the plowing season and harvest(BW) you must rest.

22 “Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits(BX) of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering(BY) at the turn of the year.[b] 23 Three times(BZ) a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out nations(CA) before you and enlarge your territory,(CB) and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the Lord your God.

25 “Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast,(CC) and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Festival remain until morning.(CD)

26 “Bring the best of the firstfruits(CE) of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.

“Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.”(CF)


  1. Exodus 34:13 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah
  2. Exodus 34:22 That is, in the autumn

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