Exodus 33:18
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New International Version
Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."

New Living Translation
Moses responded, "Then show me your glorious presence."

English Standard Version
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”

Berean Study Bible
Then Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Moses said, "I pray You, show me Your glory!"

King James Bible
And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

Christian Standard Bible
Then Moses said, "Please, let me see your glory."

Contemporary English Version
Then Moses said, "I pray that you will let me see you in all of your glory."

Good News Translation
Then Moses requested, "Please, let me see the dazzling light of your presence."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Moses said, "Please, let me see Your glory."

International Standard Version
Then Moses said, "Please show me your glory."

NET Bible
And Moses said, "Show me your glory."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "Please show me your glory."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Moses said, "Please let me see your glory."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'Show me, I pray Thee, Thy glory.'

New American Standard 1977
Then Moses said, “I pray Thee, show me Thy glory!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, I beseech you, show me your glory.

American King James Version
And he said, I beseech you, show me your glory.

American Standard Version
And he said, Show me, I pray thee, thy glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Shew me thy glory.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Let me, I pray thee, see thy glory.

English Revised Version
And he said, Shew me, I pray thee, thy glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.

World English Bible
He said, "Please show me your glory."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Shew me, I pray Thee, Thine honour;'
Study Bible
The Glory of the LORD
17And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.” 18Then Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.” 19“I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you,” the LORD replied, “and I will proclaim My name—the LORD—before you. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”…
Cross References
John 14:21
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him."

Exodus 33:20
And He added, "You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live."

Treasury of Scripture

And he said, I beseech you, show me your glory.

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

Psalm 4:6 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you …

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …


(18-23) Not till he had received full assurance of the people's restoration to favour did Moses prefer any request for himself. Then, however, he made use of the privilege granted him to speak with God, "as a man speaketh unto his friend," in order to obtain a blessing for which his spiritual nature craved, and than which he could conceive nothing more desirable. "Shew me," he said, "I beseech thee, thy glory." All that he had yet seen of God was insufficient--only raised his desire, only sharpened his appetite to see more. He craved for that "beatific vision" which is the final reward of them that are perfected in another world. God could not grant his request in full, for it is impossible so long as we are in the flesh that we should look on God and live. "No man hath seen God at any time" (John 1:18). But He granted all that could be granted. He made "all his goodness pass before" Moses; He gave him a fresh revelation of His name (Exodus 34:6-7); and He even let him see some actual portion of His "glory"--as much as mortal man could possibly behold--more than any son of man had ever beheld before--more, probably, than any other son of man will ever behold until the consummation of all things (Exodus 33:22-23).

Verses 18-23. - THE REQUEST TO SEE GOD'S GLORY, AND THE REPLY TO IT. Having obtained the full restoration of the people to God's favour, Moses felt emboldened to ask a boon for himself. He had already been admitted to closer communion with God than any one of the race of man since Adam in Paradise. But what had been granted him, instead of satisfying, only made him desirous of something further, something closer, something than which nothing more close could be imagined. So he asks to see the unveiled glory of God (ver. 18). He asks, that is, to see exactly that which man in the flesh cannot see, or at any rate cannot see and live. But, of course, he does not know this. God, in reply, tells him he shall see all that can be seen of him - more than anything which he has seen before. He shall see "all his goodness" - he shall have another revelation of the name of God (ver. 18); and, further, he shall be so placed as to see as much as mortal man can behold of "his glory" - God will pass by him, and when he has passed, Moses shall be allowed to look after him, and see what is here called "his back." This was probably some afterglow or reflection from the Divine glory, which language must have been as inadequate to describe as it was to embody the "unspeakable words" heard by St. Paul in the "third heaven," and declared by him "impossible for a man to utter" (2 Corinthians 12:4). Verse 18. - Show me thy glory. The glory of God had been seen by Moses to a certain extent, when God "descended in fire" upon Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:18). It had been seen with more distinctness when he was called up and "went into the midst of the cloud" (Exodus 24:18). But he felt, nevertheless, that he had not as vet really beheld it. He longed for that ineffable blessing of the full "beatific vision," which is promised to us after death, if we die in the faith and fear of Christ (1 Corinthians 13:12). "Increase of appetite doth grow by what it feeds on" - and the veiled splendours that he had been allowed to see only made him hunger the more for the unveiled radiance that he had not seen as vet. And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. Not any visible lustre, splendour, and brightness, as a symbol of the divine Presence, that he had seen, Exodus 16:7 nor the glorious essence of God, as Maimonides (b), which is invisible and cannot be seen, and of which Moses could not be ignorant; nor the glory of the heavenly state, which also he must know he could not see until he came thither; but he seems to mean some visible glorious representation of God, such as he had never seen, though he had been with him so long on the mount in the cloud, and heard his voice, and saw some appearances of brightness and glory, yet not in any form that he could frame any idea of; perhaps he may mean the Angel of God's presence, called his face, the promised Messiah and glorious Redeemer and Saviour, in whom there is such a bright display of the glory of the divine perfections; yea, is the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person; and this favour was granted him, with some proper limitations and restrictions; for though this request was, no doubt, sincere and upright, it might be attended with frailty and weakness; yet it is not utterly denied, but with some explanation is allowed, and perhaps was the highest favour ever granted to any before the incarnation of our Lord, at least in so full and glorious a manner as this was; Moses having by his suit obtained much, wants more and is emboldened to ask it, and in a good measure had it, as the following words show.

(b) Yesude Hatorah, c. 1. sect. 10. 18-23. I beseech thee, show me thy glory—This is one of the most mysterious scenes described in the Bible: he had, for his comfort and encouragement, a splendid and full display of the divine majesty, not in its unveiled effulgence, but as far as the weakness of humanity would admit. The face, hand, back parts, are to be understood figuratively. 33:12-23 Moses is very earnest with God. Thus, by the intercession of Christ, we are not only saved from ruin, but become entitled to everlasting happiness. Observe here how he pleads. We find grace in God's sight, if we find grace in our hearts to guide and quicken us in the way of our duty. Moses speaks as one who dreaded the thought of going forward without the Lord's presence. God's gracious promises, and mercy towards us, should not only encourage our faith, but also excite our fervency in prayer. Observe how he speeds. See, in a type, Christ's intercession, which he ever lives to make for all that come to God by him; and that it is not by any thing in those for whom he intercedes. Moses then entreats a sight of God's glory, and is heard in that also. A full discovery of the glory of God, would overwhelm even Moses himself. Man is mean, and unworthy of it; weak, and could not bear it; guilty, and could not but dread it. The merciful display which is made in Christ Jesus, alone can be borne by us. The Lord granted that which would abundantly satisfy. God's goodness is his glory; and he will have us to know him by the glory of his mercy, more than by the glory of his majesty. Upon the rock there was a fit place for Moses to view the goodness and glory of God. The rock in Horeb was typical of Christ the Rock; the Rock of refuge, salvation, and strength. Happy are they who stand upon this Rock. The cleft may be an emblem of Christ, as smitten, crucified, wounded, and slain. What follows, denotes the imperfect knowledge of God in the present state, even as revealed in Christ; for this, when compared with the heavenly sight of him. is but like seeing a man that is gone by, whose back only is to be seen. God in Christ, as he is, even the fullest and brightest displays of his glory, grace, and goodness, are reserved to another state.
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