Exodus 20:20
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New International Version
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."

New Living Translation
"Don't be afraid," Moses answered them, "for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!"

English Standard Version
Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”

New American Standard Bible
Moses 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."

King James Bible
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moses responded to the people, "Don't be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that you will fear Him and will not sin."

International Standard Version
Moses told the people, "Don't be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that you may fear him in order that you don't sin."

NET Bible
Moses said to the people, "Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you so that you do not sin."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Moses answered the people, "Don't be afraid! God has come only to test you, so that you will be in awe of him and won't sin."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses said unto the people: 'Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before you, that ye sin not.'

New American Standard 1977
And Moses 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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Moses said unto the people, Fear not, for God is come to prove you and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God has come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that you sin not.

American King James Version
And Moses said to the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that you sin not.

American Standard Version
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses said to the people: Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that the dread of him might be in you, and you should not sin.

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses said to the people, Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not.

English Revised Version
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses said to the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

World English Bible
Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid, for God has come to test you, and that his fear may be before you, that you won't sin."

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses saith unto the people, 'Fear not, for to try you hath God come, and in order that His fear may be before your faces -- that ye sin not.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Moses Comforts the People
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." 21So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.…
Cross References
Exodus 14:13
But Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.

Exodus 15:25
Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.

Deuteronomy 4:10
"Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, 'Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.'

Deuteronomy 6:2
so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

Deuteronomy 6:24
"So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today.

Deuteronomy 8:2
"You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Deuteronomy 13:3
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 16:6
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

Isaiah 8:13
"It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.
Treasury of Scripture

And Moses said to the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that you sin not.

fear not

1 Samuel 12:20 And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: you have done all this wickedness: …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

prove

Exodus 15:25,26 And he cried to the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when …

Genesis 22:1,12 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, …

Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Deuteronomy 13:3 You shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or that dreamer …

his fear

Genesis 20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not …

Deuteronomy 6:2 That you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all his statutes and …

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but …

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth…

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable …

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Isaiah 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and …

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