New International Version
Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived?
King James Bible
Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Darby Bible Translation
Did [ever] people hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
World English Bible
Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?
Young's Literal Translation
Hath a people heard the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, thou -- and doth live?
Deuteronomy 4:33 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Did ever people hear the voice of God - It seems to have been a general belief that if God appeared to men, it was for the purpose of destroying them; and indeed most of the extraordinary manifestations of God were in the way of judgment; but here it was different; God did appear in a sovereign and extraordinary manner; but it was for the deliverance and support of the people.
1. They heard his voice speaking with them in a distinct, articulate manner.
2. They saw the fire, the symbol of his presence, the appearances of which demonstrated it to be supernatural.
3. Notwithstanding God appeared so terrible, yet no person was destroyed, for he came, not to destroy, but to save.
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"Lest thou forget." --DEUTERONOMY iv. 5-13. That is surely the worst affront we can put upon anybody. We may oppose a man and hinder him in his work, or we may directly injure him, or we may ignore him, and treat him as nothing. Or we may forget him! Opposition, injury, contempt, neglect, forgetfulness! Surely this is a descending scale, and the last is the worst. And yet we can forget the Lord God. We can forget all His benefits. We can easily put Him out of mind. We can live as though He were …
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Of the Cities of Refuge.
"Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge"
The Second Commandment
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites this: 'You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:
From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire.
The LORD spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain.
And you said, "The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them.
For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived?
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