Deuteronomy 5:23
New International Version
When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders came to me.

New Living Translation
“But when you heard the voice from the heart of the darkness, while the mountain was blazing with fire, all your tribal leaders and elders came to me.

English Standard Version
And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders.

Berean Study Bible
And when you heard the voice out of the darkness while the mountain was blazing with fire, all the heads of your tribes and your elders approached me,

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

New King James Version
“So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.

New American Standard Bible
And when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you approached me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.

NASB 1995
“And when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.

NASB 1977
“And it came about, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.

Amplified Bible
And when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you approached me, all the leaders (heads) of your tribes and your elders;

Christian Standard Bible
All of you approached me with your tribal leaders and elders when you heard the voice from the darkness and while the mountain was blazing with fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All of you approached me with your tribal leaders and elders when you heard the voice from the darkness and while the mountain was blazing with fire.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when you had heard the voice from within the darkness and the mountain was blazing in fire, all of you brought me the Leaders of your tribes and your Elders.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it came to pass when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the fire, for the mountain burned with fire, that ye came to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders:

Contemporary English Version
When fire blazed from the mountain, and you heard the voice coming from the darkness, your tribal leaders came to me

Douay-Rheims Bible
But you, after you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, and saw the mountain burn, came to me, all the princes of the tribes and the elders, and you said:

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

Good News Translation
"When the whole mountain was on fire and you heard the voice from the darkness, your leaders and the chiefs of your tribes came to me

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But when you heard the voice coming from the darkness and saw the mountain blazing with fire, all the leaders and heads of your tribes came to me.

International Standard Version
When you heard the voice from the darkness while the mountain was blazing, all the leaders and elders of your tribes came to me and said:

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

Literal Standard Version
And it comes to pass, as you hear the voice out of the midst of the darkness and of the mountain burning with fire, that you come near to me, all [the] heads of your tribes and your elderly,

NET Bible
Then, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness while the mountain was ablaze, all your tribal leaders and elders approached me.

New Heart English Bible
It happened, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

World English Bible
It happened, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

Young's Literal Translation
'And it cometh to pass as ye hear the voice out of the midst of the darkness, and of the mountain burning with fire, that ye come near unto me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Moses Intercedes for the People
22The LORD spoke these commandments in a loud voice to your whole assembly out of the fire, the cloud, and the deep darkness on the mountain; He added nothing more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. 23 And when you heard the voice out of the darkness while the mountain was blazing with fire, all the heads of your tribes and your elders approached me, 24and you said, “Behold, the LORD our God has shown us His glory and greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him.…

Cross References
Exodus 20:19
"Speak to us yourself and we will listen," they said to Moses. "But do not let God speak to us, or we will die."

Deuteronomy 5:22
The LORD spoke these commandments in a loud voice to your whole assembly out of the fire, the cloud, and the deep darkness on the mountain; He added nothing more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.

Deuteronomy 5:24
and you said, "Behold, the LORD our God has shown us His glory and greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him.

Deuteronomy 18:16
This is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God or see this great fire anymore, so that we will not die!"


Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the middle of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

Exodus 20:18,19
And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off…

Hebrews 12:18-21
For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, …









(23-27) The speech of the elders to Moses is more fully and exactly described here than in Exodus 20, where it is briefly summarised as expressing the mind of the whole people.

(25) Why should we die?--The instinctive dread of death awakened by the Divine presence, and especially by the declaration of the Divine law, bears eloquent testimony to the truth that man was made to bear the Divine likeness, and to live a holy life.

(26) For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard.--A famous passage in the Talmud makes all nations hear the words of the Law, every people in its own language. The thought is remarkable as bringing out a further analogy between the revelation at Sinai and the revelation on the Day of Pentecost, when every man heard in his own language the wonderful works of God.

Verses 23-27. - In a purely historical narrative such as that in Exodus, a condensed statement of what took place on this occasion was sufficient; but in an address to the people, it was fitting that Hoses should give it in fuller detail, especially in view of what follows.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And when you heard
כְּשָׁמְעֲכֶ֤ם (kə·šā·mə·‘ă·ḵem)
Preposition-k | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

the voice
הַקּוֹל֙ (haq·qō·wl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

out of
מִתּ֣וֹךְ (mit·tō·wḵ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8432: A bisection, the centre

the darkness,
הַחֹ֔שֶׁךְ (ha·ḥō·šeḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

while the mountain
וְהָהָ֖ר (wə·hā·hār)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

was blazing
בֹּעֵ֣ר (bō·‘êr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1197: To kindle, consume, to be, brutish

with fire,
בָּאֵ֑שׁ (bā·’êš)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the heads
רָאשֵׁ֥י (rā·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 7218: The head

of your tribes
שִׁבְטֵיכֶ֖ם (šiḇ·ṭê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

and your elders
וְזִקְנֵיכֶֽם׃ (wə·ziq·nê·ḵem)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 2205: Old

approached
וַתִּקְרְב֣וּן (wat·tiq·rə·ḇūn)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - second person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 7126: To come near, approach

me,
אֵלַ֔י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to


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