Exodus 20:19
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New International Version
and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."

New Living Translation
And they said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen. But don't let God speak directly to us, or we will die!"

English Standard Version
and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”

New American Standard Bible
Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die."

King James Bible
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You speak to us, and we will listen," they said to Moses, "but don't let God speak to us, or we will die."

International Standard Version
They told Moses, "You speak to us and we will listen, but don't let God speak with us, or we may die.

NET Bible
They said to Moses, "You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak with us, lest we die."

New Heart English Bible
They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but do not let God speak with us, lest we die."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we'll listen. But don't let God speak to us, or we'll die!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said unto Moses: 'Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.'

New American Standard 1977
Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us lest we die.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said unto Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

American King James Version
And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

American Standard Version
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying to Moses: Speak thou to us, and we will hear: let not the Lord speak to us, lest we die.

Darby Bible Translation
and said to Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

English Revised Version
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said to Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

World English Bible
They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but don't let God speak with us, lest we die."

Young's Literal Translation
and say unto Moses, 'Speak thou with us, and we hear, and let not God speak with us, lest we die.'
Study Bible
Moses Comforts the People
18All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. 19Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die." 20Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin."…
Cross References
Galatians 3:19
Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator.

Hebrews 12:19
to a trumpet blast or to a voice that made its hearers beg that no further word be spoken.

Genesis 3:10
He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself."

Deuteronomy 5:5
while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain. He said,

Deuteronomy 5:23
"And when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.

Deuteronomy 5:25
'Now then why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer, then we will die.

Deuteronomy 18:16
"This is according to all that you asked of the LORD your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.'
Treasury of Scripture

And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

speak thou

Deuteronomy 18:16 According to all that you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in …

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel …

let not

Exodus 33:20 And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Genesis 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God …

(19) Speak thou with us.--Comp. Deuteronomy 5:24-27, where the words of the people are reported at greater length :--"Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go thou near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it."

Verse 19. - And they said unto Moses. Their whole speech, as delivered in Deuteronomy, was as follows: - "Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day, that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now, therefore, why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God, speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go then near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say; and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and. we will hear it, and do it" (Deuteronomy 5:24-27). The speech is here abbreviated greatly; but its essential points are preserved - "Speak thou with us" - be thou our intermediary - "Let not God speak with us, lest we die.'" And they said unto Moses,.... Who was now come down from the mountain, and to whom the heads of the tribes and elders of the people came from the camp, and out of their tents, by whom the people said to him, as follows, see Deuteronomy 5:23,

speak thou with us, and we will hear; their request is, that whatsoever it was the will and pleasure of God to declare to them, that he would communicate it to Moses, and he deliver it to them, promising that they would hearken to it, and obey it, as if they had heard it from the mouth of God himself:

but let not God speak with us, lest we die; pray to him, that he would not speak immediately, but by a mediator, which they now saw the need of; that there was no drawing nigh to God, nor hearing nor receiving anything from him without one; that his law, as it came from him to them sinful creatures, was a killing letter, and the ministration of condemnation and death, and injected such terror into their minds, that if it was continued they must die under it: thus, as the apostle observes, when "they heard the voice of words, entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more, for they could not endure that which was commanded", Hebrews 12:19. 19. let not God speak with us, lest we die, etc.—The phenomena of thunder and lightning had been one of the plagues so fatal to Egypt, and as they heard God speaking to them now, they were apprehensive of instant death also. Even Moses himself, the mediator of the old covenant, did "exceedingly quake and fear" (Heb 12:21). But doubtless God spake what gave him relief—restored him to a frame of mind fit for the ministrations committed to him; and hence immediately after he was enabled to relieve and comfort them with the relief and comfort which he himself had received from God (2Co 1:4).20:18-21 This law, which is so extensive that we cannot measure it, so spiritual that we cannot evade it, and so reasonable that we cannot find fault with it, will be the rule of the future judgment of God, as it is for the present conduct of man. If tried by this rule, we shall find our lives have been passed in transgressions. And with this holy law and an awful judgment before us, who can despise the gospel of Christ? And the knowledge of the law shows our need of repentance. In every believer's heart sin is dethroned and crucified, the law of God is written, and the image of God renewed. The Holy Spirit enables him to hate sin and flee from it, to love and keep this law in sincerity and truth; nor will he cease to repent.
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