Exodus 33:23

“And I wil take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my backe parts: but my face shall not be seene.”

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Other Translations

And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
- King James Version

"Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back; but my face shall not be seen.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back: but my face is not to be seen.
- Basic English Bible

And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see me from behind; but my face shall not be seen.
- Darby Bible

And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
- Webster's Bible

then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back; but my face shall not be seen."
- World English Bible

and I have turned aside My hands, and thou hast seen My back parts, and My face is not seen.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And I will take away My hand, and thou shalt see My back; but My face shall not be seen.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 33:23


33:23 And I will take away my hand - Speaking after the manner of men. And thou shalt see my back - parts - The face in man is the seat of majesty, and men are known by their faces, in them we take a full view of men; that sight of God Moses might not have, but such a sight as we have of a man who is gone past us, so that we only see his back. Now Moses was allowed to see this only, but when he was a witness to Christ's transfiguration, he saw his face shine as the sun.


Discussion for Exodus 33

  • Jesse withrow
    This I like Joshua 1:9. He will be our strength.
  • 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

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