Exodus 20:20

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Moses said vnto the people, Feare not: for God is come to prooue you, and that his feare may bee before your faces, that ye sinne not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Moses said to the people, Have no fear: for God has come to put you to the test, so that fearing him you may be kept from sin.
- Basic English Bible

And Moses said to the people, Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not.
- Darby Bible

And Moses said to the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
- Webster's Bible

Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid, for God has come to test you, and that his fear may be before you, that you won't sin."
- World English Bible

And Moses saith unto the people, `Fear not, for to try you hath God come, and in order that His fear may be before your faces -- that ye sin not.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:17) And Moses said unto the people: 'Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before you, that ye sin not.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:20


20:20 Fear not - That is, Think not that this thunder and fire is, designed to consume you. No; it was intended, To prove them, to try how they could like dealing with God immediately, without a mediator, and so to convince them how admirably well God had chosen for them in putting Moses into that office. Ever since Adam fled upon hearing God's voice in the garden, sinful man could not bear either to speak to God, or hear from him immediately. To keep them to their duty, and prevent their sinning against God. We must not fear with amazement; but we must always have in our minds a reverence of God's majesty, a dread of his displeasure, and an obedient regard to his sovereign authority.


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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