17 But they continued to sin(A) against him,
    rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.
18 They willfully put God to the test(B)
    by demanding the food they craved.(C)
19 They spoke against God;(D)
    they said, “Can God really
    spread a table in the wilderness?
20 True, he struck the rock,
    and water gushed out,(E)
    streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
    Can he supply meat(F) for his people?”

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52 But he brought his people out like a flock;(A)
    he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;
    but the sea engulfed(B) their enemies.(C)
54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,
    to the hill country his right hand(D) had taken.
55 He drove out nations(E) before them
    and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;(F)
    he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

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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.”

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30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say:(A) 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers,(B) the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’[a] Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.(C)

33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.(D) 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’[b](E)

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  1. Acts 7:32 Exodus 3:6
  2. Acts 7:34 Exodus 3:5,7,8,10

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