Exodus 33:20
New International Version
But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live."

New Living Translation
But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live."

English Standard Version
But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”

Berean Study Bible
And He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.”

New American Standard Bible
But He said, "You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!"

King James Bible
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Christian Standard Bible
But he added, "You cannot see my face, for humans cannot see me and live."

Contemporary English Version
but I won't let you see my face, because anyone who sees my face will die.

Good News Translation
I will not let you see my face, because no one can see me and stay alive,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He answered, "You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live."

International Standard Version
But," he said, "You cannot see my face, because a man cannot see me and live."

NET Bible
But he added, "You cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "You cannot see my face, for man may not see me and live."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you can't see my face, because no one may see me and live."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He said: 'Thou canst not see My face, for man shall not see Me and live.'

New American Standard 1977
But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
He further said, Thou canst not see my face; for no man shall see me and live.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

American King James Version
And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

American Standard Version
And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for man shall not see me and live.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God said, Thou shalt not be able to see my face; for no man shall see my face, and live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And again he said: Thou canst not see my face: for man shall not see me and live.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for Man shall not see me, and live.

English Revised Version
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for man shall not see me and live.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

World English Bible
He said, "You cannot see my face, for man may not see me and live."

Young's Literal Translation
He saith also, 'Thou art unable to see My face, for man doth not see Me, and live;'
Study Bible
The Glory of the LORD
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.” 20And He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” 21The LORD continued, “There is a place near Me where you are to stand upon a rock,…
Cross References
John 1:18
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father's side, has made Him known.

1 Timothy 6:16
He alone is immortal and dwells in unapproachable light. No one has ever seen Him, nor can anyone see Him. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

Genesis 32:30
So Jacob named the place Peniel, saying, "Indeed, I have seen God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

Exodus 33:18
Then Moses said, "Please show me Your glory."

Exodus 33:23
Then I will take My hand away, and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen."

Judges 6:22
When Gideon realized that it was the Angel of the LORD, he said, "Oh no, Lord GOD! I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face!"

Isaiah 6:5
Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips dwelling among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts."

Treasury of Scripture

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

thou canst not.

Exodus 24:10
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

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.

Deuteronomy 5:24
And ye said, 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.







Lexicon
And He added,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“You cannot
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

see
לִרְאֹ֣ת (lir·’ōṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

My face,
פָּנָ֑י (pā·nāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

for
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

no
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

one
הָאָדָ֖ם (hā·’ā·ḏām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

can see [Me]
יִרְאַ֥נִי (yir·’a·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

and live.”
וָחָֽי׃ (wā·ḥāy)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2425: To live, to revive
Verse 20. - No man can see me and live. The inability proclaimed in these words is not an absolute inability to see God, but an inability to see and survive the sight. Jacob, when he wrestled with the angel, marvelled that he could see God, even in that intermediate way, and live (Genesis 32:30). It may well be that actually to see God, while we are in the flesh, would kill us. 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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