Exodus 20:19

“And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they saide vnto Moses, Speake thou with vs, and wee will heare: But let not God speake with vs, lest we die.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they said to Moses, To your words we will give ear, but let not the voice of God come to our ears, for fear death may come on us.
- Basic English Bible

and said to Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
- Darby Bible

And they said to Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
- Webster's Bible

They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but don't let God speak with us, lest we die."
- World English Bible

and say unto Moses, `Speak thou with us, and we hear, and let not God speak with us, lest we die.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:16) And they said unto Moses: 'Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:19


20:19 Speak thou with us - Hereby they obliged themselves to acquiesce in the mediation of Moses, they themselves nominating him as a fit person to deal between them and God, and promising to hearken to him as to God's messenger.


Discussion for Exodus 20

  • Kingdom Preparation Christ Glorified
    End of day 22 in the daily Bible reading program. If you are "daily reading" it is ok to miss a day and then "catch up". I have done this several times. I listen to the audio as I read along. It is fascinating to me that since creation "human" self interests are at the heart when lacking in faith and subsequent obedience to God. God is always patient and loving despite our selfish tendencies.
  • Sean tabb
    IRENE123: where do you get your supporting scripture or instructions to worship or "keep Sunday as the Sabbath?"
  • Librarygal143
    I am lucky to have a great dad and stepmom, who love me and are good people. I thank God for them.
  • Brother Daniel FC
    To Irene 123: Hi Irene, Good to meet you again. Worshiping God every day of the week is not only OK, it is desirable. But missing your special appointment with God on Saturday Sabbath, My holy day, as He calls it, is not OK. Isa. 58:13. I can tell you for sure; God never changed His Sabbath, from the Creation: But, people did, and that’s not right. Jesus observed His Sabbath: Let's follow Him!
  • Brother Daniel FC
    There are only a few cases in the Bible when God writes with His own finger messages , to communicate with man i.e. To us: The Ten Commandments, to Belshazzar, Dan. 5:25, and to the people that brought the woman caught in adultery Jn. 8. In every instance the addressee s was terrified and listened. Today, we dare mock God when He says If you love me keep my commandments Jn. 14:15 What shame!
  • Cephas
    O sing unto the LORD a new song for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

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