Then the LORDspoke to Moses, "Depart, go up from here, you and the peoplewhom you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which1I swore to Abraham, 2Isaac, and 3Jacob, saying, '4To your adescendants I will give it.'
"I will send5an angelbefore you and 6I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.
"Go up to a land7flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are b8an obstinatepeople, and 9I mightdestroy you on the way."
When the peopleheardthiscsadword, 10they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments.
For the LORD had said to Moses, "Say to the sons of Israel, 'You are d11an obstinatepeople; should I go up in your midst for onemoment, I would destroy you. Now therefore, putoff your ornaments from you, that I may knowwhat I shall do with you.' "
So the sons of Israelstripped themselves of their ornaments, from MountHoreb onward.
Now Moses used to take12the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a gooddistance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And 13everyone who sought the LORD would go out to the tent of meetingwhich was outside the camp.
And it came about, whenever Moseswent out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gazeafterMosesuntil he entered the tent.
Whenever Mosesentered the tent, 14the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; 15and ethe LORD would speak with Moses.
When all the peoplesaw the pillar of cloudstanding at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent.
Thus 16the LORD used to speak to Mosesface to face, just as a manspeaks to his friend. When fMoses returned to the camp, 17his servantJoshua, the son of Nun, a youngman, would not depart from the tent.