Exodus 23:21
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New International Version
Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.

New Living Translation
Pay close attention to him, and obey his instructions. Do not rebel against him, for he is my representative, and he will not forgive your rebellion.

English Standard Version
Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him.

New American Standard Bible
"Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him.

King James Bible
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be attentive to him and listen to his voice. Do not defy him, because he will not forgive your acts of rebellion, for My name is in him.

International Standard Version
Be careful! Be sure to obey him. Don't rebel against him, because he won't forgive your transgression, since my Name is in him.

NET Bible
Take heed because of him, and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name is in him.

New Heart English Bible
Pay attention to him, and listen to his voice. Do not provoke him, for he will not pardon your disobedience, for my name is in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pay attention to him, and listen to him. Don't defy him, because he will not forgive your disobedience. He is acting on my authority.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take heed of him, and hearken unto his voice; be not rebellious against him; for he will not pardon your transgression; for My name is in him.

New American Standard 1977
“Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Keep thyself before him and hear his voice, grieve him not; for he will not pardon your rebellion, for my name is in him.

King James 2000 Bible
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

American King James Version
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

American Standard Version
Take ye heed before him, and hearken unto his voice; provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgression: for my name is in him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take notice of him, and hear his voice, and do not think him one to be contemned: for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned, and my name is in him.

Darby Bible Translation
Be careful in his presence, and hearken unto his voice: do not provoke him, for he will not forgive your transgressions; for my name is in him.

English Revised Version
Take ye heed of him, and hearken unto his voice; provoke him not: for he will not pardon your transgression; for my name is in him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

World English Bible
Pay attention to him, and listen to his voice. Don't provoke him, for he will not pardon your disobedience, for my name is in him.

Young's Literal Translation
be watchful because of his presence, and hearken to his voice, rebel not against him, for he beareth not with your transgression, for My name is in his heart;
Study Bible
God's Angel to Lead
20"Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21"Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him. 22"But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.…
Cross References
Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

Exodus 6:3
and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.

Exodus 34:5
The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 9:7
"Remember, do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.

Joshua 24:19
Then Joshua said to the people, "You will not be able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins.

Psalm 78:40
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!

Psalm 78:56
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God And did not keep His testimonies,
Treasury of Scripture

Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

beware of him

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when …

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

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

provoke him not

Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? …

Psalm 78:40,56 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!…

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

Hebrews 3:10,16 Why I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always …

he will not

Exodus 32:34 Therefore now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken …

Numbers 14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it to all this evil congregation, …

Deuteronomy 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not listen to my words …

Joshua 24:19 And Joshua said to the people, You cannot serve the LORD: for he …

Jeremiah 5:7 How shall I pardon you for this? your children have forsaken me, …

Hebrews 3:11 So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Hebrews 10:26-29 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall …

my name

Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you …

Exodus 34:5-7 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and …

Psalm 72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth …

Psalm 83:18 That men may know that you, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, are the …

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin …

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, …

Isaiah 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, …

John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. …

John 10:30,38 I and my Father are one…

John 14:9,10 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have …

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, …

Revelation 2:8,23 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things said …

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things …

(21) My name is in him.--God and His Name are in Scripture almost convertible terms. He is never said to set His Name in a man.

Verse 21. - Provoke him not. On the disobedience of the Israelites to this precept, see Numbers 14:11; Psalm 78:17, 40, 56, etc. My name is in him. God's honour he will not give to another. He does not set His Name in a man. The angel, in whom was God's Blame, must have been co-equal with God - one of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity. Beware of him,.... Of his face or countenance; observe his looks towards you in a providential way, whether frowning or smiling; observe his directions and instructions, laws and commands:

and obey his voice; hearken to what he says, and cheerfully, readily, and punctually do as he orders:

provoke him not; by unbelief, by murmurings and complaints, by unbecoming words and actions, by transgressing his commands, and acting contrary to his will:

for he will not pardon your transgressions: or suffer them to pass unchastised and uncorrected, but will, as he did, take vengeance on their inventions, and on them because of them, though he forgave their iniquities; for that he was such an Angel as could forgive sin, which none but God can do, is evident; because it would be absurd to say he will not pardon, if he could not pardon their transgressions, see Matthew 9:6,

for my name is in him; the Father is in the Son, and the Son in the Father; the nature and perfections of God are in the Word and Son of God, and so his name Jehovah, which is peculiar to him; Christ is Jehovah our righteousness: or "though my name is in him" (m); as Abendana and others, his name the Lord God, gracious and merciful, pardoning iniquity, transgression and sin, as afterwards proclaimed in him; and yet, notwithstanding this, he would not clear the guilty, or suffer the Israelites to go unpunished, if they offended him: the Targum of Onkelos is,"or in my name is his word,''he is my ambassador and speaks in my name.

(m) "quamvis nomen menum", Drusius. 21. my name is in him—This angel is frequently called Jehovah and Elohim, that is, God.23:20-33 It is here promised that they should be guided and kept in their way through the wilderness to the land of promise, Behold, I send an angel before thee, mine angel. The precept joined with this promise is, that they be obedient to this angel whom God would send before them. Christ is the Angel of Jehovah; this is plainly taught by St. Paul, 1Co 10:9. They should have a comfortable settlement in the land of Canaan. How reasonable are the conditions of this promise; that they should serve the only true God; not the gods of the nations, which are no gods at all. How rich are the particulars of this promise! The comfort of their food, the continuance of their health, the increase of their wealth, the prolonging their lives to old age. Thus hath godliness the promise of the life that now is. It is promised that they should subdue their enemies. Hosts of hornets made way for the hosts of Israel; such mean creatures can God use for chastising his people's enemies. In real kindness to the church, its enemies are subdued by little and little; thus we are kept on our guard, and in continual dependence on God. Corruptions are driven out of the hearts of God's people, not all at once, but by little and little. The precept with this promise is, that they should not make friendship with idolaters. Those that would keep from bad courses, must keep from bad company. It is dangerous to live in a bad neighbourhood; others' sins will be our snares. Our greatest danger is from those who would make us sin against God.
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