Exodus 33:4
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New International Version
When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments.

New Living Translation
When the people heard these stern words, they went into mourning and stopped wearing their jewelry and fine clothes.

English Standard Version
When the people heard this disastrous word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.

New American Standard Bible
When the people heard this sad word, they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments.

King James Bible
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the people heard this bad news, they mourned and didn't put on their jewelry.

International Standard Version
When the people heard this troubling word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.

NET Bible
When the people heard this troubling word they mourned; no one put on his ornaments.

New Heart English Bible
When the people heard this evil news, they mourned: and no one put on his jewelry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the people heard this bad news, they acted as if someone had died. No one wore any jewelry.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned; and no man did put on him his ornaments.

New American Standard 1977
When the people heard this sad word, they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned, and no one put on their ornaments.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

American King James Version
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

American Standard Version
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people hearing these very bad tidings, mourned: and no man put on his ornaments according to custom.

Darby Bible Translation
And when the people heard this evil word, they mourned; and no man put on his ornaments.

English Revised Version
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man put on him his ornaments.

World English Bible
When the people heard this evil news, they mourned: and no one put on his jewelry.

Young's Literal Translation
And the people hear this sad thing, and mourn; and none put his ornaments on him.
Study Bible
The Command to Leave Sinai
3"Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way." 4When the people heard this sad word, they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments. 5For the LORD had said to Moses, "Say to the sons of Israel, 'You are an obstinate people; should I go up in your midst for one moment, I would destroy you. Now therefore, put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what I shall do with you.'"…
Cross References
Numbers 14:1
Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.

Numbers 14:39
When Moses spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people mourned greatly.
Treasury of Scripture

And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

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Numbers 14:1,39 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the …

Hosea 7:14 And they have not cried to me with their heart, when they howled …

Zechariah 7:3,5 And to speak to the priests which were in the house of the LORD of …

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Leviticus 10:6 And Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and to Ithamar, his sons, …

2 Samuel 19:24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and …

1 Kings 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his …

2 Kings 19:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his …

Ezra 9:3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and …

Esther 4:1-4 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, …

Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell …

Job 2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they …

Isaiah 32:11 Tremble, you women that are at ease; be troubled, you careless ones: …

Ezekiel 24:17,23 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of your …

Ezekiel 26:16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, …

Jonah 3:6 For word came to the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, …

(4) When the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned.--It was something that the people felt the tidings to be "evil." It is natural for sinful men to shrink from the near presence of God (Matthew 8:34; Luke 5:8); and so the Israelites had shrunk from it a short time previously (Exodus 20:19). Even now they would probably have feared a too near contact; but still, they were unwilling that God should cease to be the leader and guide of the host: they set a value on His presence and protection, which they felt that that of an angel would ill replace. Accordingly, when Moses communicated to them what God had said (Exodus 33:1-3), they "mourned," i.e., not only grieved inwardly, but showed the outward tokens of grief--made a public and, as it were, national lamentation.

No man did put on him his ornaments.--The Orientals, both men and women, have always affected ornament, and taken an extreme delight in it. Herodotus tells us that the Persians who accompanied Xerxes into Greece wore generally collars and bracelets of gold (Hist. ix. 80). Xenophon says that the Medes indulged a similar taste (Cyropd. i. 3, 2). In Egypt, at the time of the exodus, men of station wore generally collars, armlets, and bracelets, occasionally anklets. The Assyrians wore armlets, bracelets, and ear-rings. To strip himself of his ornaments was a great act of self-denial on the part of an Oriental; but it was done commonly in the case of mourning on account of a family bereavement, and sometimes in the case of national misfortunes. (See Note on Exodus 33:1-6.)

Verse 4. - When the people heard. Moses had communicated to the people what God had said to him. They felt it to be evil tidings - they woke up at last to a feeling of the ineffable value of the privileges which they bad hitherto enjoyed - his guidance by the pillar of the cloud (Exodus 13:21) - his counsel, if there were need to ask anything (Exodus 15:25) - his aid in the day of battle (Exodus 17:8-13) - his near presence, by day and by night, constantly (Exodus 13:22) - and they dreaded a change, which they felt must involve a loss, and one the extent of which they could not measure. "An angel" is a poor consolation when we are craving for Jehovah! So the people mourned - felt true sorrow - were really troubled in their hearts - and, to show their penitence, ceased to wear their customary ornaments. These may have consisted of armlets, bracelets, and even, perhaps, anklets, all of which were worn by men in Egypt at this period. And when the people heard these evil tidings,.... That God would withdraw his gracious presence, and go not up with them himself, only send an angel with them; and especially this may respect what is threatened, Exodus 33:5 and had been said at this time:

they mourned; were inwardly and heartily grieved for their sin, whereby they had provoked the Lord to depart from them, and gave some outward and open tokens of it:

and no man did put on his ornaments; they used to wear at other times, their rings and jewels, which the princes and the chief among the people especially were wont to wear; and in common the people did not put on their best clothes, or what they usually wore, but clothed themselves in mournful habits, in sackcloth and ashes, or in some such like manner. 4. when the people heard these evil tidings—from Moses on his descent from the mount.33:1-6 Those whom God pardons, must be made to know what their sin deserved. Let them go forward as they are; this was very expressive of God's displeasure. Though he promises to make good his covenant with Abraham, in giving them Canaan, yet he denies them the tokens of his presence they had been blessed with. The people mourned for their sin. Of all the bitter fruits and consequences of sin, true penitents most lament, and dread most, God's departure from them. Canaan itself would be no pleasant land without the Lord's presence. Those who parted with ornaments to maintain sin, could do no less than lay aside ornaments, in token of sorrow and shame for it.
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