Exodus 20:19
New International Version
and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."

New Living Translation
And they said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen. But don't let God speak directly to us, or we will die!"

English Standard Version
and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”

Berean Study Bible
“Speak to us yourself and we will listen,” they said to Moses. “But do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”

New American Standard Bible
Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die."

King James Bible
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Christian Standard Bible
"You speak to us, and we will listen," they said to Moses, "but don't let God speak to us, or we will die."

Contemporary English Version
and said to Moses, "If you speak to us, we will listen. But don't let God speak to us, or we will die!"

Good News Translation
They said to Moses, "If you speak to us, we will listen; but we are afraid that if God speaks to us, we will die."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You speak to us, and we will listen," they said to Moses, "but don't let God speak to us, or we will die."

International Standard Version
They told Moses, "You speak to us and we will listen, but don't let God speak with us, or we may die.

NET Bible
They said to Moses, "You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak with us, lest we die."

New Heart English Bible
They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but do not let God speak with us, lest we die."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we'll listen. But don't let God speak to us, or we'll die!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said unto Moses: 'Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.'

New American Standard 1977
Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us lest we die.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said unto Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

American King James Version
And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

American Standard Version
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and said to Moses, Speak thou to us, and let not God speak to us, lest we die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying to Moses: Speak thou to us, and we will hear: let not the Lord speak to us, lest we die.

Darby Bible Translation
and said to Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

English Revised Version
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said to Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

World English Bible
They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but don't let God speak with us, lest we die."

Young's Literal Translation
and say unto Moses, 'Speak thou with us, and we hear, and let not God speak with us, lest we die.'
Study Bible
Moses Comforts the People
18All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain in smoke. And when the people saw this, they trembled and stood at a distance. 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.” 20“Do not be afraid,” Moses replied. “For God has come to test you, so that the fear of Him may be before you, to keep you from sinning.”…
Cross References
Galatians 3:19
Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator.

Hebrews 12:19
to a trumpet blast or to a voice that made its hearers beg that no further word be spoken.

Genesis 3:10
"I heard Your voice in the garden," he replied, "and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself."

Deuteronomy 5:5
At that time I was standing between the LORD and you to declare to you the word of the LORD, because you were afraid of the fire and would not go up the mountain. And He said:

Deuteronomy 5:23
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,

Deuteronomy 5:25
But now, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us, and we will die, if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer.

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 they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

speak thou

Deuteronomy 18:16
According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

Acts 7:38
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

let not

Exodus 33:20
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Genesis 32:30
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.







Lexicon
“Speak
דַּבֵּר־ (dab·bêr-)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to us
עִמָּ֖נוּ (‘im·mā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

yourself
אַתָּ֥ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

and we will listen,”
וְנִשְׁמָ֑עָה (wə·niš·mā·‘āh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

they said
וַיֹּֽאמְרוּ֙ (way·yō·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Moses.
מֹשֶׁ֔ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

“But do not
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

let God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

speak
יְדַבֵּ֥ר (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to us,
עִמָּ֛נוּ (‘im·mā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

or
פֶּן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 6435: Removal, lest

we will die.”
נָמֽוּת׃ (nā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill
(19) Speak thou with us.--Comp. Deuteronomy 5:24-27, where the words of the people are reported at greater length :--"Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go thou near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it."

Verse 19. - And they said unto Moses. Their whole speech, as delivered in Deuteronomy, was as follows: - "Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day, that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now, therefore, why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God, speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go then near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say; and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and. we will hear it, and do it" (Deuteronomy 5:24-27). The speech is here abbreviated greatly; but its essential points are preserved - "Speak thou with us" - be thou our intermediary - "Let not God speak with us, lest we die.'" 20:18-21 This law, which is so extensive that we cannot measure it, so spiritual that we cannot evade it, and so reasonable that we cannot find fault with it, will be the rule of the future judgment of God, as it is for the present conduct of man. If tried by this rule, we shall find our lives have been passed in transgressions. And with this holy law and an awful judgment before us, who can despise the gospel of Christ? And the knowledge of the law shows our need of repentance. In every believer's heart sin is dethroned and crucified, the law of God is written, and the image of God renewed. The Holy Spirit enables him to hate sin and flee from it, to love and keep this law in sincerity and truth; nor will he cease to repent.
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