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.