Deuteronomy 5:4

4 The LORD spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain.

Deuteronomy 5:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
ESV
4 The LORD spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the midst of the fire,
NLT
4 At the mountain the LORD spoke to you face to face from the heart of the fire.
MSG
4 God spoke to you personally out of the fire on the mountain.
CSB
4 The Lord spoke to you face to face from the fire on the mountain.

Deuteronomy 5:4 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 5:4

The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount
Meaning, not in that free, friendly, and familiar manner, in which he sometimes talked with Moses, of whom this phrase is used, ( Exodus 33:11 ) , but publicly, audibly, clearly, and distinctly, or without the interposition of another; he did not speak to them by Moses, but to them themselves; he talked to them without a middle person between them, as Aben Ezra expresses it: without making use of one to relate to them what he said; but he talked to them directly, personally:

out of the midst of the fire;
in which he descended, and with which the mountain was burning all the time he was speaking; which made it very awful and terrible, and pointed at the terrors of the legal dispensation.

Deuteronomy 5:4 In-Context

2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.
3 It was not with our ancestors that the LORD made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today.
4 The LORD spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain.
5 (At that time I stood between the LORD and you to declare to you the word of the LORD, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:
6 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 4:12; Deuteronomy 4:12,33,36
  • 2. S Numbers 14:14
  • 3. S Exodus 19:18