Exodus 33:15-16

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.
16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

Exodus 33:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
ESV
15 And he said to him, "If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.
NLT
15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.
MSG
15 Moses said, "If your presence doesn't take the lead here, call this trip off right now.
CSB
15 "If Your presence does not go," Moses responded to Him, "don't make us go up from here.

Exodus 33:15-16 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 33

This chapter informs us, that the Lord refusing to go with the people, only sending an angel with them, they are filled with concern, and troubled, Ex 33:1-6. Moses upon this pitched the tabernacle without the camp, where everyone that sought the Lord went; Moses entered into it himself, and the Lord talked to him in a friendly manner in the cloudy pillar that stood at the door of it, and the people worshipped, every man at his own tent door; all which foreboded good, and tended to reconciliation, Ex 33:7-11. Moses improved the opportunity, and entreats the presence of God to go with them, which was granted, Ex 33:12-17 and that he might have a sight of the glory of God; and this is promised to pass before him, he being put into the cleft of the rock, Ex 33:18-23.

Exodus 33:15-16 In-Context

13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.
16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
17 And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 3; Exodus 34:9; 2 Kings 13:23; 2 Kings 17:18; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Kings 24:20; Psalms 51:11; Psalms 80:3,7,19; Jeremiah 7:15; Jeremiah 52:3
  • 2. Exodus 34:5; Exodus 40:34,35; Numbers 9:15; Numbers 14:14
  • 3. Exodus 34:10; Leviticus 20:24,26; Numbers 23:9; Dt 4:7,32,34; Deuteronomy 32:9; Deuteronomy 33:28
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