Exodus 32:14
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New International Version
Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

New Living Translation
So the LORD changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.

English Standard Version
And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.

Berean Study Bible
So the LORD relented from the calamity He had threatened to bring on His people.

New American Standard Bible
So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

King James Bible
And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

Christian Standard Bible
So the LORD relented concerning the disaster he had said he would bring on his people.

Contemporary English Version
So even though the LORD had threatened to destroy the people, he changed his mind and let them live.

Good News Translation
So the LORD changed his mind and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the LORD relented concerning the disaster He said He would bring on His people.

International Standard Version
So the LORD changed his mind about the calamity he had said he would bring on his people.

NET Bible
Then the LORD relented over the evil that he had said he would do to his people.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD repented of the evil which he said he would do to his people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the LORD reconsidered his threat to destroy his people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD repented of the evil which He said He would do unto His people.

New American Standard 1977
So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the LORD repented of the evil which he said should be done unto his people.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD turned from the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

American King James Version
And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah repented of the evil which he said he would do unto his people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which he had spoken against his people.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah repented of the evil that he had said he would do to his people.

English Revised Version
And the LORD repented of the evil which he said he would do unto his people.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.

World English Bible
Yahweh repented of the evil which he said he would do to his people.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah repenteth of the evil which He hath spoken of doing to His people.
Study Bible
Moses Informed of Israel's Sin
13Remember Your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, to whom You swore by Your very self when You declared, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give your descendants all this land that I have promised, and it shall be their inheritance forever.’” 14So the LORD relented from the calamity He had threatened to bring on His people.
Cross References
Exodus 33:13
Now if indeed I have found favor in Your sight, please let me know Your ways, that I may know You and find favor in Your sight. Remember that this nation is Your people."

1 Samuel 15:11
"I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned away from following Me and has not carried out My instructions." And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the LORD all that night.

2 Samuel 24:16
But when the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who was destroying the people, "Enough, withdraw your hand now!" At that time the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

1 Chronicles 21:15
Then God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem, but as the angel was doing so the LORD saw it and relented from the calamity, and He said to the angel who was destroying the people, "Enough, withdraw your hand now!" At that time the angel of the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

Psalm 106:45
And He remembered His covenant with them, and relented by the abundance of His loving devotion.

Jeremiah 26:19
Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did Hezekiah not fear the LORD and seek His favor, and did not the LORD relent of the disaster He had pronounced against them? But we are about to bring great harm on ourselves!"

Jonah 3:10
When God saw their actions--that they had turned from their evil ways--He relented from the disaster He had threatened to bring upon them.

Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.

Deuteronomy 32:26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance …

2 Samuel 24:16 And when the angel stretched out his hand on Jerusalem to destroy …

1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, …

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to …

Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, …

Jeremiah 26:13,19 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice …

Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD …

Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and …

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not …







Verse 14. - The Lord repented of the evil. Changes of purpose are, of course, attributed to God by an "economy," or accommodation of the truth to human modes of speech and conception. "God is not a man that he should repent." He "knows the end from the beginning." When he threatened to destroy Israel, he knew that he would spare; but, as he communicated to Moses, first, his anger, and then, at a later period, his intention to spare, he is said to have "repented." The expression is an anthropomorphic one, like so many others, on which we have already commented. (See the comment on Exodus 2:24, 25; 3:7, 8; 31:17; etc.)

CHAPTER 32:15-19 And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. He did not do what he threatened to do, and seemed to have in his thoughts and designs, but did what Moses desired he would, Exodus 32:12 not that any of God's thoughts or the determinations of his mind are alterable; for the thoughts of his heart are to all generations; but he changes the outward dispensations of his providence, or his methods of acting with men, which he has been taking or threatened to take; and this being similar to what they do when they repent of anything, who alter their course, hence repentance is ascribed to God, though, properly speaking, it does not belong to him, see Jeremiah 18:8. Aben Ezra thinks that the above prayer of Moses, which was so prevalent with God, does not stand in its proper place, but should come after Exodus 32:31 for, to what purpose, says he, should Moses say to the Israelites, Exodus 32:30 "peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin": if he was appeased by his prayer before? 32:7-14 God says to Moses, that the Israelites had corrupted themselves. Sin is the corruption of the sinner, and it is a self-corruption; every man is tempted when he is drawn aside of his own lust. They had turned aside out of the way. Sin is a departing from the way of duty into a by-path. They soon forgot God's works. He sees what they cannot discover, nor is any wickedness of the world hid from him. We could not bear to see the thousandth part of that evil which God sees every day. God expresses the greatness of his just displeasure, after the manner of men who would have prayer of Moses could save them from ruin; thus he was a type of Christ, by whose mediation alone, God would reconcile the world to himself. Moses pleads God's glory. The glorifying God's name, as it ought to be our first petition, and it is so in the Lord's prayer, so it ought to be our great plea. And God's promises are to be our pleas in prayer; for what he has promised he is able to perform. See the power of prayer. In answer to the prayers of Moses, God showed his purpose of sparing the people, as he had before seemed determined on their destruction; which change of the outward discovery of his purpose, is called repenting of the evil.
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