Exodus 3:5
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New International Version
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

New Living Translation
"Do not come any closer," the LORD warned. "Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.

English Standard Version
Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

New American Standard Bible
Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

King James Bible
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not come closer," He said. "Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

International Standard Version
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground."

NET Bible
God said, "Do not approach any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God said, "Don't come any closer! Take off your sandals because this place where you are standing is holy ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He said: 'Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.'

New American Standard 1977
Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, Do not come near; take off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place upon which thou dost stand is holy ground.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Draw not near here: put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.

American King James Version
And he said, Draw not near here: put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place where on you stand is holy ground.

American Standard Version
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Come not nigh hither, put off the shoes from thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: loose thy sandals from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

English Revised Version
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Approach not hither: put off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place on which thou standest is holy ground.

World English Bible
He said, "Don't come close. Take your sandals off of your feet, for the place you are standing on is holy ground."

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith, 'Come not near hither: cast thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place on which thou art standing is holy ground.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Moses at the Burning Bush
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." 5Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." 6He said also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.…
Cross References
Acts 7:33
Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

2 Peter 1:18
And we ourselves heard this voice from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

Exodus 19:21
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

Deuteronomy 23:14
"Since the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you or He will turn away from you.

Joshua 5:15
The captain of the LORD'S host said to Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.

Ecclesiastes 5:1
Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.

Jeremiah 30:21
'Their leader shall be one of them, And their ruler shall come forth from their midst; And I will bring him near and he shall approach Me; For who would dare to risk his life to approach Me?' declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, Draw not near here: put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place where on you stand is holy ground.

draw not.

Exodus 19:12,21 And you shall set bounds to the people round about, saying, Take …

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, This is it that the LORD spoke, saying, …

Hebrews 12:20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much …

put off.

Genesis 28:16,17 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is …

Joshua 5:15 And the captain of the LORD's host said to Joshua, Loose your shoe …

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready …

Acts 7:33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off your shoes from your feet: for …

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