Exodus 32:32
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New International Version
But now, please forgive their sin--but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written."

New Living Translation
But now, if you will only forgive their sin--but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!"

English Standard Version
But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.”

New American Standard Bible
"But now, if You will, forgive their sin-- and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!"

King James Bible
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now if You would only forgive their sin. But if not, please erase me from the book You have written."

International Standard Version
Now, if you will, forgive their sin—but if not, blot me out of your book which you have written."

NET Bible
But now, if you will forgive their sin. . ., but if not, wipe me out from your book that you have written."

New Heart English Bible
Yet now, if you will, forgive their sin--and if not, please blot me out of your book which you have written."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But will you forgive their sin? If not, please wipe me out of the book you have written."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.'

New American Standard 1977
“But now, if Thou wilt, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Thy book which Thou hast written!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
that thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me now out of thy book which thou hast written.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray you, out of your book which you have written.

American King James Version
Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray you, out of your book which you have written.

American Standard Version
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or if thou do not, strike me out of the book that thou hast written.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, if thou wilt forgive their sin ... but if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book that thou hast written.

English Revised Version
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet now, if thou wilt, forgive their sin: and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

World English Bible
Yet now, if you will, forgive their sin--and if not, please blot me out of your book which you have written."

Young's Literal Translation
and now, if Thou takest away their sin -- and if not -- blot me, I pray thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.'
Study Bible
Moses Intercedes for Israel
31Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. 32"But now, if You will, forgive their sin-- and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!" 33The LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.…
Cross References
Luke 10:20
Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Romans 9:3
For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood,

Philippians 4:3
Yes, and I ask you, my true yokefellow, to help these women who have labored with me for the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Revelation 3:5
Like them, the one who is victorious will be clothed in white garments. And I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father and His angels.

Revelation 21:27
But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who practices an abomination or a lie, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Numbers 11:15
"So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness."

Numbers 14:19
"Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."

2 Samuel 18:33
The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

Psalm 69:28
May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

Isaiah 4:3
It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy-- everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray you, out of your book which you have written.

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Numbers 14:19 Pardon, I beseech you, the iniquity of this people according to the …

Daniel 9:18,19 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold …

Amos 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the …

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they …

blot me. Allusion may be made to the registry of births, in which those born of a particular tribe were entered in the list of their respective families under that tribe. This was the book of life; and when any died, his name might be considered as blotted out of this list. But as Moses addressed the Lord, he undoubtedly referred, by faith, to the book of God's remembrance.

Exodus 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, …

Deuteronomy 9:14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from …

Deuteronomy 25:19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD your God has given you rest …

Deuteronomy 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his …

Psalm 56:8 You tell my wanderings: put you my tears into your bottle: are they …

Psalm 69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written …

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your …

Ezekiel 13:9 And my hand shall be on the prophets that see vanity, and that divine …

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands …

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, …

Philippians 4:3 And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which …

Revelation 3:5 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and …

Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the …

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, …

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this …

(32) If thou wilt forgive their sin.--Supply after the word "sin," "well and good," "I am content," or some such phrase. Similar instances of aposiopesis will be found in Daniel 3:15; Luke 13:9; Luke 19:42; John 6:62; Romans 9:22. The usage is common among Orientals.

Blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book.--Comp. Romans 9:1-3. Moses seems to have risen to the same height of self-abnegation as St. Paul, and to have willed to be "accursed from God for his brethren, his kinsmen according to the flesh." As his sacrifice could not have redeemed them (Psalm 49:7), God did not accept it in the literal sense; but the offer may have availed much towards the pardon of the people, and towards lightening the chastisement which they received (Exodus 32:34-35).

Verse 32. - If thou wilt forgive their sin. The ellipsis which follows, is to be supplied by some such words, as "well and good" - "I am content" - "I have no more to say." Similar cases of ellipses will be found in Danial 3:5; Luke 13:9; Luke 19:42; John 6:62; Romans 9:22. And if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book. Some interpret this as merely equivalent to, "Blot me out of the book of the living," and explain that phrase as meaning simply - "Take my life - kill me instead of them" - but something more seems to be meant. "The book of the living" - "the book of life" - the book of God's writing - is not merely a register of those who happen to be alive at any given time. It "contains the list of the righteous, and ensures to those whose names are written therein, life before God, first in the earthly kingdom of God, and then eternal life also" (Keil). Thus Moses declared his willingness - nay, his wish - that God would visit on him the guilt of his people, both in this world and the next, so that he would thereupon forgive them. St. Paul has a similar burst of feeling (Romans 9:1-3); but it does not involve a formal offer - it is simply the expression of a willingness. Ordinary men are scarcely competent to judge these sayings of great saints. As Bengel says - "It is not easy to estimate the measure of love in a Moses and a Paul; for the narrow boundary of our reasoning powers does not comprehend it, as the little child is unable to comprehend the courage of heroes." Both were willing - felt willing, at any rate - to sacrifice their own future for their countrymen - and Moses made the offer. Of all the noble acts in Moses' life it is perhaps the noblest; and no correct estimate of his character can be formed which does not base itself to a large extent on his conduct at this crisis. Yet now, if thou will forgive their sin,.... Of thy free grace, good will, and pleasure; it will redound to thy glory, men will praise thy name on account of it; these people will have great reason to be thankful, and will lie under great obligations to thee, to fear, serve, and glorify thee; and in particular it will be regarded by me as the highest favour that can be asked or granted:

and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of the book which thou hast written; not the book of the law, as Jarchi, written with the finger of God, the name of Moses was not written there; nor the book of the just, as the Targum of Jonathan, the list and catalogue of good men, that belonged to the visible church, called in after time "the writing of the house of Israel", Ezekiel 13:9 but rather the book of life, either of this temporal life, and then it means no more than that he wished to die, even immediately by the hand of God, which seems to be countenanced by Numbers 11:15 or else of eternal life, and is no other than the book of life of the Lamb, or God's predestination or choice of men in Christ to everlasting life, which is particular, personal, sure, and certain; and Moses asks for this, not as a thing either desirable or possible, but to express his great affection for this people, and his great concern for the glory of God; and rather than either should suffer, he chose, if it was possible, to be deprived of that eternal happiness he hoped for, and should enjoy. 32. blot me … out of thy book—an allusion to the registering of the living, and erasing the names of those who die. What warmth of affection did he evince for his brethren! How fully was he animated with the true spirit of a patriot, when he professed his willingness to die for them. But Christ actually died for His people (Ro 5:8).32:30-35 Moses calls it a great sin. The work of ministers is to show people the greatness of their sins. The great evil of sin appears in the price of pardon. Moses pleads with God for mercy; he came not to make excuses, but to make atonement. We are not to suppose that Moses means that he would be willing to perish for ever, for the people's sake. We are to love our neighbour as ourselves, and not more than ourselves. But having that mind which was in Christ, he was willing to lay down his life in the most painful manner, if he might thereby preserve the people. Moses could not wholly turn away the wrath of God; which shows that the law of Moses was not able to reconcile men to God, and to perfect our peace with him. In Christ alone, God so pardons sin as to remember it no more. From this history we see, that no unhumbled, carnal heart, can long endure the holy precepts, the humbling truths, and the spiritual worship of God. But a god, a priest, a worship, a doctrine, and a sacrifice, suited to the carnal mind, will ever meet with abundance of worshippers. The very gospel itself may be so perverted as to suit a worldly taste. Well is it for us, that the Prophet like unto Moses, but who is beyond compare more powerful and merciful, has made atonement for our souls, and now intercedes in our behalf. Let us rejoice in his grace.
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