Exodus 20:19
New International Version
and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

New Living Translation
And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”

English Standard Version
and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”

Berean Standard Bible
“Speak to us yourself and we will listen,” they said to Moses. “But do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”

King James Bible
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

New King James Version
Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

New American Standard Bible
Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but do not have God speak to us, or we will die!”

NASB 1995
Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”

NASB 1977
Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.”

Amplified Bible
Then they said to Moses, “You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak to us or we will die.”

Christian Standard Bible
“You speak to us, and we will listen,” they said to Moses, “but don’t let God speak to us, or we will die.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You speak to us, and we will listen,” they said to Moses, “but don’t let God speak to us, or we will die.”

American Standard Version
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they said to Moshe, “You speak with us and we will hear and do not let God speak with us, lest we die.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and said to Moses, Speak thou to us, and let not God speak to us, lest we die.

Contemporary English Version
and said to Moses, "If you speak to us, we will listen. But don't let God speak to us, or we will die!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying to Moses: Speak thou to us, and we will hear: let not the Lord speak to us, lest we die.

Good News Translation
They said to Moses, "If you speak to us, we will listen; but we are afraid that if God speaks to us, we will die."

International Standard Version
They told Moses, "You speak to us and we will listen, but don't let God speak with us, or we may die.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said unto Moses: 'Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.'

Literal Standard Version
and say to Moses, “Speak with us, and we hear, and do not let God speak with us, lest we die.”

New American Bible
and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we shall die.”

NET Bible
They said to Moses, "You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak with us, lest we die."

New Revised Standard Version
and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”

New Heart English Bible
They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but do not let God speak with us, lest we die."

World English Bible
They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but don't let God speak with us, lest we die."

Young's Literal Translation
and say unto Moses, 'Speak thou with us, and we hear, and let not God speak with us, lest we die.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Moses Comforts the People
18When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sounding of the ram’s horn, and the mountain enveloped in smoke, they trembled and stood at a distance. 19“Speak to us yourself and we will listen,” they said to Moses. “But do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” 20“Do not be afraid,” Moses replied. “For God has come to test you, so that the fear of Him may be before you, to keep you from sinning.”…

Cross References
Galatians 3:19
Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator.

Hebrews 12:19
to a trumpet blast or to a voice that made its hearers beg that no further word be spoken.

Genesis 3:10
"I heard Your voice in the garden," he replied, "and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself."

Deuteronomy 5:5
At that time I was standing between the LORD and you to declare to you the word of the LORD, because you were afraid of the fire and would not go up the mountain. And He said:

Deuteronomy 5:23
And when you heard the voice out of the darkness while the mountain was blazing with fire, all the heads of your tribes and your elders approached me,

Deuteronomy 5:25
But now, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us, and we will die, if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer.

Deuteronomy 18:16
This is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God or see this great fire anymore, so that we will not die!"


Treasury of Scripture

And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

speak thou

Deuteronomy 18:16
According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

Acts 7:38
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

let not

Exodus 33:20
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Genesis 32:30
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.











(19) Speak thou with us.--Comp. Deuteronomy 5:24-27, where the words of the people are reported at greater length :--"Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go thou near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it."

Verse 19. - And they said unto Moses. Their whole speech, as delivered in Deuteronomy, was as follows: - "Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day, that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now, therefore, why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God, speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? Go then near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say; and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and. we will hear it, and do it" (Deuteronomy 5:24-27). The speech is here abbreviated greatly; but its essential points are preserved - "Speak thou with us" - be thou our intermediary - "Let not God speak with us, lest we die.'"

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Speak
דַּבֵּר־ (dab·bêr-)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to us
עִמָּ֖נוּ (‘im·mā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

yourself
אַתָּ֥ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

and we will listen,”
וְנִשְׁמָ֑עָה (wə·niš·mā·‘āh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

they said
וַיֹּֽאמְרוּ֙ (way·yō·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Moses.
מֹשֶׁ֔ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

“But do not
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

let God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

speak
יְדַבֵּ֥ר (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to us,
עִמָּ֛נוּ (‘im·mā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

or
פֶּן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's 6435: Removal, lest

we will die.”
נָמֽוּת׃ (nā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill


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