Deuteronomy 4:12
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New International Version
Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.

New Living Translation
And the LORD spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn't see his form; there was only a voice.

English Standard Version
Then the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.

New American Standard Bible
"Then the LORD spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form-- only a voice.

King James Bible
And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD spoke to you from the fire. You kept hearing the sound of the words, but didn't see a form; there was only a voice.

International Standard Version
the LORD your God spoke from the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but you saw no form; there was only a voice.

NET Bible
Then the LORD spoke to you from the middle of the fire; you heard speech but you could not see anything--only a voice was heard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD spoke to you from the fire. You heard a voice speaking but saw no one. There was only a voice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire; ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no likeness; only ye heard a voice.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no form; only you heard a voice.

American King James Version
And the LORD spoke to you out of the middle of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only you heard a voice.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of words, but ye saw no form; only ye heard a voice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire. You heard the voice of his words, but you saw not any form at all.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah spoke to you from the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but ye saw no form; only [ye heard] a voice.

English Revised Version
And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of words, but ye saw no form; only ye heard a voice.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

World English Bible
Yahweh spoke to you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of words, but you saw no form; only [you heard] a voice.

Young's Literal Translation
'And Jehovah speaketh unto you out of the midst of the fire; a voice of words ye are hearing and a similitude ye are not seeing, only a voice;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-23 The power and love of God to Israel are here made the ground and reason of a number of cautions and serious warnings; and although there is much reference to their national covenant, yet all may be applied to those who live under the gospel. What are laws made for but to be observed and obeyed? Our obedience as individuals cannot merit salvation; but it is the only evidence that we are partakers of the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Considering how many temptations we are compassed with, and what corrupt desires we have in our bosoms, we have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. Those cannot walk aright, who walk carelessly. Moses charges particularly to take heed of the sin of idolatry. He shows how weak the temptation would be to those who thought aright; for these pretended gods, the sun, moon, and stars, were only blessings which the Lord their God had imparted to all nations. It is absurd to worship them; shall we serve those that were made to serve us? Take heed lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God. We must take heed lest at any time we forget our religion. Care, caution, and watchfulness, are helps against a bad memory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - On this occasion the people heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; there was no form or shape apparent to the eye. No man can see God's face (Exodus 33:20, 23); "no man hath seen God at any time" (John 1:18); and though the nobles or elders of Israel who went up with Moses into the mount are said to have seen God, it is evident that what they saw was only some luminous manifestation of his glory, and not a form or shape of which a similitude could be made (Exodus 24:9-17). Even Moses, with whom God said that he would speak mouth to month, and who should behold the similitude of God (Numbers 12:8), was told that he could not see his face, his essential personality, but only his back, the reflection of his glory (Exodus 33:18-23).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire,.... For the Lord descended on Mount Sinai in a cloud, in fire, and was in the thick darkness, from whence he delivered out the ten commands:

ye heard the voice of the words; distinctly and plainly, not only the sound of them, but the words themselves, and so as to understand what was meant by them:

but saw no similitude; not any likeness of the person speaking, by which they could form any idea of him in their minds, which was purposely done to prevent idolatry:

only ye heard a voice; that was all.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude—Although articulate sounds were heard emanating from the mount, no form or representation of the Divine Being who spoke was seen to indicate His nature or properties according to the notions of the heathen.

Deuteronomy 4:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
An Exhortation to Obedience
11"You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. 12"Then the LORD spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form-- only a voice. 13"So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:19
to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,

Exodus 19:9
The LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you." Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said.

Deuteronomy 4:11
You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness.

Deuteronomy 4:13
He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD spoke to you out of the middle of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only you heard a voice.

the Lord

Deuteronomy 5:4,22 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the middle …

no similitude

Deuteronomy 4:15 Take you therefore good heed to yourselves…

Numbers 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in …

Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare to him?

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

only ye heard a voice [heb] save a voice

Deuteronomy 4:33,36 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the middle …

Exodus 20:22 And the LORD said to Moses, Thus you shall say to the children of …

1 Kings 19:12,13 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: …

Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, …

Isaiah 40:3,6 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way …

Matthew 3:3,17 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

John 12:28-30 Father, glorify your name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, …

2 Peter 1:17,18 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came …

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