Exodus 33:20

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see mee, and liue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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 33:20

  • Rodion Ponomariev for verse 20
    Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
  • Freezebreeze for verse 20
    This is one of those scriptures that shows Jesus and Jehovah are two separate and distinct entities. If Jesus were God, there would be a lot of dead people!

Bible Options