Exodus 33:4

4 When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments.

Exodus 33:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.
ESV
4 When the people heard this disastrous word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.
NLT
4 When the people heard these stern words, they went into mourning and stopped wearing their jewelry and fine clothes.
MSG
4 When the people heard this harsh verdict, they were plunged into gloom and wore long faces. No one put on jewelry.
CSB
4 When the people heard this bad news, they mourned and didn't put on their jewelry.

Exodus 33:4 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 33:4

And when the people heard these evil tidings
That God would withdraw his gracious presence, and go not up with them himself, only send an angel with them; and especially this may respect what is threatened, ( Exodus 33:5 ) and had been said at this time:

they mourned;
were inwardly and heartily grieved for their sin, whereby they had provoked the Lord to depart from them, and gave some outward and open tokens of it:

and no man did put on his ornaments;
they used to wear at other times, their rings and jewels, which the princes and the chief among the people especially were wont to wear; and in common the people did not put on their best clothes, or what they usually wore, but clothed themselves in mournful habits, in sackcloth and ashes, or in some such like manner.

Exodus 33:4 In-Context

2 I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
3 Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”
4 When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments.
5 For the LORD had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’ ”
6 So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Numbers 14:39; Ezra 9:3; Esther 4:1; Psalms 119:53