Numbers 14:13
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New International Version
Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear about it! By your power you brought these people up from among them.

New Living Translation
But Moses objected. "What will the Egyptians think when they hear about it?" he asked the LORD. "They know full well the power you displayed in rescuing your people from Egypt.

English Standard Version
But Moses said to the LORD, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for you brought up this people in your might from among them,

New American Standard Bible
But Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst,

King James Bible
And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Moses replied to the LORD, "The Egyptians will hear about it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from them.

International Standard Version
But Moses responded to the LORD, "When Egypt hears that you've brought this people out from among them with a mighty demonstration of power,

NET Bible
Moses said to the LORD, "When the Egyptians hear it--for you brought up this people by your power from among them--

New Heart English Bible
Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear it; for you brought up this people in your might from among them;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Moses said to the LORD, "What if the Egyptians hear about it? (You used your power to take these people away from them.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses said unto the LORD: 'When the Egyptians shall hear--for Thou broughtest up this people in Thy might from among them--

New American Standard 1977
But Moses said to the LORD, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Thy strength Thou didst bring up this people from their midst,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, for thou didst bring this people out of the midst of them with thy might;

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for you brought up this people in your might from among them;)

American King James Version
And Moses said to the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for you brought up this people in your might from among them;)

American Standard Version
And Moses said unto Jehovah, Then the Egyptians will hear it; for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses said to the Lord: That the Egyptians, from the midst of whom thou hast brought forth this people,

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses said to Jehovah, Then the Egyptians will hear it; for in thy might thou broughtest up this people from the midst of them;

English Revised Version
And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it; for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses said to the LORD, Then the Egyptians will hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

World English Bible
Moses said to Yahweh, "Then the Egyptians will hear it; for you brought up this people in your might from among them;

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses saith unto Jehovah, 'Then have the Egyptians heard! for Thou hast brought up with Thy power this people out of their midst,
Study Bible
Moses Intercedes for the People
12"I will smite them with pestilence and dispossess them, and I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they." 13But Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, 14and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O LORD, are in the midst of this people, for You, O LORD, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.…
Cross References
Exodus 32:11
Then Moses entreated the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

Exodus 32:12
"Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth '? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.

1 Samuel 12:22
"For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.

Psalm 106:23
Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them.

Jeremiah 15:1
Then the LORD said to me, "Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; send them away from My presence and let them go!
Treasury of Scripture

And Moses said to the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for you brought up this people in your might from among them;)

and Moses said unto the Lord. From this verse to ver.19, inclusive, we have the words of the earnest intercession of Moses; they need no explanation; they are full of simplicity and energy. Then the

Exodus 32:12 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring …

Deuteronomy 9:26-28 I prayed therefore to the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not …

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

Joshua 7:8,9 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turns their backs before their enemies!…

Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen …

Ezekiel 20:9,14 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before …

(13, 14) And Moses said unto the Lord . . . --There is considerable difficulty as to the correct rendering of these verses. They may be rendered in accordance with the Authorised Version, or they may be rendered as follows:--And Moses said unto the LORD, The Egyptians have both heard that thou hast brought up this people from among them by thy might, and they have also told (it) to the inhabitants of this land (i.e., the land of Canaan, as in Numbers 14:3); they (i.e., the Egyptians and the Canaanites) have heard that thou LORD art in the midst of this people, for thou LORD art seen face to face, and thy cloud standeth over them, and thou goest before them, &c. &c. Reference may be made to the following passages in illustration of the argument by which Moses enforced his intercessory prayer on behalf of Israel:--Deuteronomy 32:26-27; Joshua 7:9; Isaiah 48:9; Isaiah 48:11; Ezekiel 36:22-23.

Verse 13. - And Moses said unto the Lord. The words which follow are so confused, and the construction so dislocated, that they afford the strongest evidence that we have here the ipsissima verba of the mediator, disordered as they were in the moment of utterance by passionate earnestness and an agonizing fear. Had Moses been ever so eloquent, a facility of speech at such a moment would have been alike unnatural and unlovely. What we can see in the words is this: that Moses had no thought for himself, and that it never occurred to him to entertain the tempting offer made to him by God; that he knew God too well, and (if we may say so) cared for God too much, to let him so compromise his honour among the nations, and so thwart his own purposes, without making one effort (however audacious) to turn his wrath aside. We can see that it is (as in Exodus 32:11, 12, only much more boldly and abruptly) the thought of what the heathen would say which he wishes to thrust upon the Almighty; but we cannot be sure of the right translation of the words. The most literal rendering would seem to be, "Both the Egyptians have heard (וְשָׁמְעוּ) that thou broughtest out this people from among them with thy might, and they have told it (וְאָמְרוּ) to the inhabitants of this land; they have heard (שָׁמְעוּ, repeated) that thou, Lord, art amongst this people," etc. The Septuagint, however, translates the first verb by a future (καὶ ἀκούσεται Αἴγυπτος), and, as this gives a much clearer sense, it is followed by the Targum Palestine and most of the versions. And Moses said unto the Lord,.... In an abrupt manner, as the following words show, his mind being greatly disturbed and distressed by the above threatening:

then the Egyptians shall hear it; that the Lord had smitten the Israelites with the pestilence; the Targum of Jonathan interprets it of the children of the Egyptians who were suffocated in the sea:

for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them; they were once sojourners among them, and slaves unto them, and they were delivered from them by the mighty hand of the Lord upon the Egyptians, destroying their firstborn; and therefore when they shall hear that the Israelites were all destroyed at once by a pestilence in the wilderness, it will be a pleasure to them, as follows. 14:11-19 Moses made humble intercession for Israel. Herein he was a type of Christ, who prayed for those that despitefully used him. The pardon of a nation's sin, is the turning away the nation's punishment; and for that Moses is here so earnest. Moses argued that, consistently with God's character, in his abundant mercies, he could forgive them.
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