Exodus 20:21

“And the people stood afarre off, and Moses drew neere vnto the thicke darkenes, where God was.”

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Other Translations

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God [was].
- King James Version

So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God {was.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the people kept their places far off, but Moses went near to the dark cloud where God was.
- Basic English Bible

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the obscurity where God was.
- Darby Bible

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
- Webster's Bible

The people stayed at a distance, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
- World English Bible

And the people stand afar off, and Moses hath drawn nigh unto the thick darkness where God [is].
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:18) And the people stood afar off; but Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:21


20:21 While the people continued to stand afar off - Afraid of God's wrath, Moses drew near unto the thick darkness; he was made to draw near, so the word is: Moses of himself durst not have ventured into the thick darkness if God had not called him, and encouraged him, and, as some of the Rabbins suppose, sent an angel to take him by the hand, and lead him up.


Discussion for Exodus 20

  • James Peter Fisher
    The ten commandments is without a doubt the word of god that became flesh and dwelt among us our perfect righteoussness
  • Brad Watson, Miami
    The 4th Commandment is "Keep the 7th day holy". This is a BIG example of GOD 7 4 Theory. Sabbath 7 letters Shabbat 7 Shabbos 7 is the seventh 7 day.
  • Bruce
    The swelling of The Belly is Kwashiorkor,The Body Retaining Water, in The Feet, Legs, Arms etc. Is Oedema. Has Nothing to do with The Bread.
  • David Conley
    My thought on this curse is a medical one. Those who have been seriously deprived of protein will lose much weight. Then when followed with water and carbohydrates (the bread) causes swelling of the abdomen, as witnessed by seeing starving children in Africa. Again this is based merely on my medical education, NOT on a vast knowledge of Bible curses.
  • Kory Murray
    This is God's truth. The way to peace.It is good to read the bible for all aspects of our lives. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. If there are any problems in our lives, we need to think if a godly way to correct them. It is all written in the scriptures. Which one of us by worrying can add one cubic to our stature? Remember to pray like Jesus taught " in this manner".There is a order
  • BSP
    Verse 5~Jehovah God requires exclusive devotion. We must give him our whole-hearted devotion and worship.

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