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Exodus 34 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Two Tablets Replaced

34 Now the Lord said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered. So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and [a]present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain. No man is to come up with you, nor let any man be seen [b]anywhere on the mountain; even the flocks and the herds may not graze in front of that mountain.” So he cut out two stone tablets like the former ones, and Moses rose up early in the morning and went up to Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and he took two stone tablets in his hand. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as [c]he called upon the name of the Lord. Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and [d]truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” Moses made haste [e]to bow low toward the earth and worship. He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though [f]the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own [g]possession.”

The Covenant Renewed

10 Then [h]God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been [i]produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people [j]among whom you live will see the working of the Lord, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.

11 [k]Be sure to observe what I am commanding you this day: behold, I am going to drive out the Amorite before you, and the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. 12 Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. 13 But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their [l]Asherim 14 —for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God— 15 otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you [m]to eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods. 17 You shall make for yourself no molten gods.

18 “You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, [n]as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in the month of Abib you came out of Egypt.

19 The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me, and all your male livestock, the first offspring from [o]cattle and sheep. 20 You shall redeem with a lamb the [p]first offspring from a donkey; and if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. You shall redeem all the firstborn of your sons. [q]None shall appear before Me empty-handed.

21 “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest. 22 You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. 23 Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord [r]God, the God of Israel. 24 For I will [s]drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the Lord your God.

25 You shall not [t]offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread, nor is the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover to [u]be left over until morning.

26 “You shall bring the very first of the first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write [v]down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And [w]he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten [x]Commandments.

Moses’ Face Shines

29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him; and Moses spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded them to do everything that the Lord had spoken [y]to him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35 the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him.


  1. Exodus 34:2 Or place yourself before
  2. Exodus 34:3 Lit on all
  3. Exodus 34:5 Or he called out with the name of the Lord
  4. Exodus 34:6 Or faithfulness
  5. Exodus 34:8 Lit and bowed...worshiped
  6. Exodus 34:9 Lit it is a people stiff-necked
  7. Exodus 34:9 Or inheritance
  8. Exodus 34:10 Lit He
  9. Exodus 34:10 Lit created
  10. Exodus 34:10 Lit in whose midst you are
  11. Exodus 34:11 Lit Observe for yourself
  12. Exodus 34:13 I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
  13. Exodus 34:15 Lit and you eat
  14. Exodus 34:18 Or which
  15. Exodus 34:19 Or oxen
  16. Exodus 34:20 Lit first opening of
  17. Exodus 34:20 Lit They shall not
  18. Exodus 34:23 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  19. Exodus 34:24 Or dispossess
  20. Exodus 34:25 Lit slaughter
  21. Exodus 34:25 Lit remain overnight
  22. Exodus 34:27 Lit for yourself
  23. Exodus 34:28 Or He, i.e. The Lord
  24. Exodus 34:28 Lit Words
  25. Exodus 34:32 Lit with
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Psalm 42 New American Standard Bible (NASB)


Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.

For the choir director. A [a]Maskil of the sons of Korah.

42 As the deer [b]pants for the water brooks,
So my soul [c]pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and [d]appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and [e]lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you [f]in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
[g]Hope in God, for I shall [h]again praise [i]Him
For the [j]help of His presence.
O my God, my soul is [k]in despair within me;
Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan
And the [l]peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning [m]because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you [n]in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
[o]Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The [p]help of my countenance and my God.


  1. Psalm 42:1 Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
  2. Psalm 42:1 Lit longs for
  3. Psalm 42:1 Lit longs for
  4. Psalm 42:2 Some mss read see the face of God
  5. Psalm 42:4 Or move slowly with them
  6. Psalm 42:5 Or sunk down
  7. Psalm 42:5 Or Wait for
  8. Psalm 42:5 Or still
  9. Psalm 42:5 Some ancient versions read Him, the help of my countenance and my God
  10. Psalm 42:5 Or saving acts of
  11. Psalm 42:6 Or sunk down
  12. Psalm 42:6 Lit Hermons
  13. Psalm 42:9 Or while the enemy oppresses
  14. Psalm 42:11 Or sunk down
  15. Psalm 42:11 Or Wait for
  16. Psalm 42:11 Or saving acts of
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John 10:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Parable of the Good Shepherd

10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and [a]have it abundantly.


  1. John 10:10 Or have abundance
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