New International Version
The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
King James Bible
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
Darby Bible Translation
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the obscurity where God was.
World English Bible
The people stayed at a distance, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
Young's Literal Translation
And the people stand afar off, and Moses hath drawn nigh unto the thick darkness where God is.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And Moses said - Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces - The maxim contained in this verse is, Fear not, that he may fear - do not fear with such a fear as brings consternation into the soul, and produces nothing but terror and confusion; but fear with that fear which reverence and filial affection inspire, that ye sin not - that, through the love and reverence ye feel to your Maker and Sovereign, ye may abstain from every appearance of evil, lest you should forfeit that love which is to you better than life. He who fears in the first sense can neither love nor obey; he who fears not in the latter sense is sure to fall under the first temptation that may occur. Blessed is the man who thus feareth always.
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On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.
These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.
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