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 for Exodus 33:20

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 for Exodus 33:20

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

  • Judy Jerde on Exodus 33:20
    If no man can see God's face and live, then please explain Ex 24:9-11 to me that says Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and 70 elders saw the God of Israel. Was this a special circumstance as it says He did not lay His hand on them? Yet Moses was instructed to go to the cleft of the rock and just see God's back.
  • Chris - in Reply on Exodus 33:20
    You're correct, that "no man can see God's Face & live". And so here in Exodus 24, I don't believe the people saw God's Face, only that which God chose to reveal to them. You can have a look at Ezekiel 1;26-28 to read of Ezekiel's vision of God, that he too was limited to what he saw 'of God' but certainly, what was shown to him was so glorious & powerful, that he could only "fall upon his face" (in awe & in dread of being instantly consumed) - such was his sight. And so too, was Moses spared, when God, in Mercy, covered Moses' face as God's Glory passed by him.
  • Dianne - in Reply on Exodus 33:20
    Gods word says no man has ever seen God for God is spirit that being stated biblically there are places in Gods word where there are manifestations of His Glory and power, children of Israel pillar smoke by day fire by night, moses seeing bush not burning the greatest example of course being Jesus Christ being example of almighty Gods love and grace and power on display. This is what I gather.
  • Rodion Ponomariev on Exodus 33:20
    Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
  • Freezebreeze on Exodus 33:20
    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!


 

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