Exodus 33:20

“And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see mee, and liue.”

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

But He said, "You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for man shall not see me and live.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But it is not possible for you to see my face, for no man may see me and still go on living.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

He saith also, `Thou art unable to see My face, for man doth not see Me, and live;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And He said: 'Thou canst not see My face, for man shall not see Me and live.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 33:20


33:20 Thou canst not see my face - A full discovery of the glory of God would quite overpower the faculties of any mortal man. I will make all my goodness pass before thee - He had given him wonderful instances of his goodness in being reconciled to Israel; but that was only goodness in the stream, he would shew him goodness in the spring. This was a sufficient answer to his request: Shew me thy glory, saith Moses; I will shew thee my goodness, saith God. 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. And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious - In bestowing his gifts, and is not debtor to any, nor accountable to any; all his reasons of mercy are fetched from within himself, not from any merit in his creatures, and I will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy - For his grace is always free. He never damns by prerogative, but by prerogative he saves.


Discussion for Exodus 33

  • Patty Tozi
    There is much Power in Love!! When you choose to say yes to Love-- you are saying yes to everything God is, because God is Love! The more you choose to walk in Love, the deeper and stronger your roots will grow. Remember-- Love is the Greatest Feeling He can build in you. He brings Security in you and empowers you to Live the Life of Blessings He has in store for you!! AMEN...PRAISE GOD ALWAYS!
  • Marco Gonzalez
    So many people say they want to see God's glory but don't know they'll die if they do. You are in the Clift of The Rock n it's covered by God's hands because it is not time for you to know and receive that blessing yet. Just be happy that you are being protected, guarded and when it is God's will, he will remove his hand and you'll be able to see what God has left BEHIND for you to enjoy n share.
  • Larry Busdriver
    In verse 11, ...but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. We have a High Priest interceding for us... In Zechariah, Joshua the high priest was clothed in filthy rags then clean clothes were given to him and Zechariah referred to the BRANCH. Also later when Joshua was given a crown... I believe these 3 instances foreshadow the Name above every Name!!!
  • BSP
    Verse 13~Moses prayed to know Jehovah God's ways. He had witnessed many miracles and had the chance to know some of God's ways but he wanted to keep learning.
  • Lilian
    And it shall come to pass that my Glory passeth by I will put thee in the Clift of the Rock and I will cover thee by my hand while my Glory will pass by. Thank you Jesus you are my Rock and my Salvation I will praise you Lord forever for you are worthy Hosanna in the Highest I love you Jesus forever my Jehovah my Peace Shalom amen
  • David
    Well... 1 GOD LOVES his children-'Not a little, Nor A lot- God 'IS' "Love", therefore... God promises us Saftey- 'Not TIME' eg-Don't Lay awake or Lack of sleep waiting, Your Turn will come when God Decides, Not the Clock- Keep learning Gods Words, God will come- Very Very Important during your wait, is to keep your Body Mind Healthy

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