1Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Leave, move on from here, you and the people whom you have broughthere from Egypt, to the country that I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that I would give to their descendants. 2I shal send an angel in front of you and drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, thePerizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites. 3Move on towards a country flowing with milk and honey, but I myself shal not be going with you or Imight annihilate you on the way, for you are an obstinate people.' 4On hearing these stern words the people went into mourning and no one wore his ornaments. 5Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Say to the Israelites, "You are an obstinate people. If I were to go withyou even for a moment, I should annihilate you. So now take off your ornaments, and then I shal decide how todeal with you!" ' 6So, from Mount Horeb onwards, the Israelites stripped themselves of their ornaments. 7Moses used to take the Tent and pitch it outside the camp, far away from the camp. He called it theTent of Meeting. Anyone who wanted to consult Yahweh would go out to the Tent of Meeting, outside the camp. 8Whenever Moses went out to the Tent, the people would al stand up and every man would stand atthe door of his tent and watch Moses until he went into the Tent. 9And whenever Moses went into the Tent, the pil ar of cloud would come down and station itself at theentrance to the Tent, while Yahweh spoke with Moses. 10The people could al see the pil ar of cloud stationed at the entrance to the Tent and the people wouldal stand up and bow low, each at the door of his tent. 11Yahweh would talk to Moses face to face, as a man talks to his friend, and afterwards he would comeback to the camp, but the young man who was his servant, Joshua son of Nun, never left the inside of the Tent. 12Moses said to Yahweh, 'Look, you say to me, "Make the people move on," but you have not told mewhom you are going to send with me, although you have said, "I know you by name and you enjoy my favour." 13If indeed I enjoy your favour, please show me your ways, so that I understand you and continue toenjoy your favour; consider too that this nation is your people.' 14Yahweh then said, 'I myself shall go with you and I shall give you rest.' 15To which he said, 'If you do not come yourself, do not make us move on from here, 16for how can it be known that I and my people enjoy your favour, if not by your coming with us? By thiswe shal be marked out, I and your people, from al the peoples on the face of the earth.' 17Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Again I shal do what you have asked, because you enjoy my favourand because I know you by name.' 18He then said, 'Please show me your glory.' 19Yahweh said, 'I shal make al my goodness pass before you, and before you I shal pronounce thename Yahweh; and I am gracious to those to whom I am gracious and I take pity on those on whom I take pity. 20But my face', he said, 'you cannot see, for no human being can see me and survive.' 21Then Yahweh said, 'Here is a place near me. You will stand on the rock, 22and when my glory passes by, I shal put you in a cleft of the rock and shield you with my hand until Ihave gone past. 23Then I shal take my hand away and you will see my back; but my face wil not be seen.'
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