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Deuteronomy 4:12

12 Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.

Read Deuteronomy 4:12 Using Other Translations

And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.
Then the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.
And the LORD spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice.

What does Deuteronomy 4:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 4:12

And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire
For the Lord descended on Mount Sinai in a cloud, in fire, and was in the thick darkness, from whence he delivered out the ten commands:

ye heard the voice of the words;
distinctly and plainly, not only the sound of them, but the words themselves, and so as to understand what was meant by them;

but saw no similitude;
not any likeness of the person speaking, by which they could form any idea of him in their minds, which was purposely done to prevent idolatry:

only ye heard a voice;
that was all.

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