Exodus 3:3
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New International Version
So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up."

New Living Translation
"This is amazing," Moses said to himself. "Why isn't that bush burning up? I must go see it."

English Standard Version
And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”

New American Standard Bible
So Moses said, "I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up."

King James Bible
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn't the bush burning up?

International Standard Version
Then Moses told himself, "I'll go over and see this remarkable sight. Why isn't the bush burning up?"

NET Bible
So Moses thought, "I will turn aside to see this amazing sight. Why does the bush not burn up?"

New Heart English Bible
Moses said, "I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So he thought, "Why isn't this bush burning up? I must go over there and see this strange sight."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses said: 'I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.'

New American Standard 1977
So Moses said, “I must turn aside now, and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great vision, why the bush is not burnt.

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

American King James Version
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

American Standard Version
And Moses said, I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses said: I will go and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses said, Let me now turn aside and see this great sight, why the thorn-bush is not burnt.

English Revised Version
And Moses said, I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

World English Bible
Moses said, "I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt."

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses saith, 'Let me turn aside, I pray thee, and I see this great appearance; wherefore is the bush not burned?'
Study Bible
Moses at the Burning Bush
2The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. 3So Moses said, "I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." 4When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."…
Cross References
Acts 7:31
When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight. As he approached to look more closely, the voice of the Lord came to him:

Exodus 3:2
The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
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And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

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(3) I will now turn aside.--A minute touch, in dicating that Moses is the writer. He remembers that the bush did not grow on the track which he was pursuing, but lay off it, and that he had to "turn aside," in order to make his inspection.

This great sight.--The phenomenon was strange and unusual--worthy of note, whatever might be the cause.

Verse 3. - I will turn aside. Suspecting nothing but a natural phenomenon, which he was anxious to investigate. The action bespeaks him a man of sense and intelligence, not easily scared or imposed upon. And Moses said, I will now turn aside,.... From the place where he was, and the flock he was feeding, and get nearer to the bush, which seems to have been on one side of him and not directly before him:

and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt; inquire into, and find out, if he could, the reason of this strange and amazing sight; how it could be that a bush should be on fire and yet not burnt up, which might have been expected would have been destroyed at once; for what is a thorn or bramble bush to devouring flames of fire, as these appeared to be? 3:1-6 The years of the life of Moses are divided into three forties; the first forty he spent as a prince in Pharaoh's court, the second as a shepherd in Midian, the third as a king in Jeshurun. How changeable is the life of man! The first appearance of God to Moses, found him tending sheep. This seems a poor employment for a man of his parts and education, yet he rests satisfied with it; and thus learns meekness and contentment, for which he is more noted in sacred writ, than for all his learning. Satan loves to find us idle; God is pleased when he finds us employed. Being alone, is a good friend to our communion with God. To his great surprise, Moses saw a bush burning without fire to kindle it. The bush burned, and yet did not burn away; an emblem of the church in bondage in Egypt. And it fitly reminds us of the church in every age, under its severest persecutions kept by the presence of God from being destroyed. Fire is an emblem, in Scripture, of the Divine holiness and justice, also of the afflictions and trials with which God proves and purifies his people, and even of that baptism of the Holy Ghost, by which sinful affections are consumed, and the soul changed into the Divine nature and image. God gave Moses a gracious call, to which he returned a ready answer. Those that would have communion with God, must attend upon him in the ordinances wherein he is pleased to manifest himself and his glory, though it be in a bush. Putting off the shoe was a token of respect and submission. We ought to draw nigh to God with a solemn pause and preparation, carefully avoiding every thing that looks light and rude, and unbecoming his service. God does not say, I was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but I am. The patriarchs still live, so many years after their bodies have been in the grave. No length of time can separate the souls of the just from their Maker. By this, God instructed Moses as to another world, and strengthened his belief of a future state. Thus it is interpreted by our Lord Jesus, who, from hence, proves that the dead are raised, Lu 20:37. Moses hid his face, as if both ashamed and afraid to look upon God. The more we see of God, and his grace, and covenant love, the more cause we shall see to worship him with reverence and godly fear.
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