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Exodus 20:18-21 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the horn, and when they saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance
19 And they said to Moses, "You tell us what God says, and we will listen. But don't let God speak directly to us. If he does, we will die!" 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."
20 "Don't be afraid," Moses said, "for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power. From now on, let your fear of him keep you from sinning!" 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."
21 As the people stood in the distance, Moses entered into the deep darkness where God was. 21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.