The LORD refuseth to go as he had promised with the people.
Exodus 33:1 Then spake Yahweh unto MosesGet thee away, go up from hence, thou, and the people whom thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt,into the land of which I sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, To thy seed, will I give it; Exodus 33:2 And I will send before thee a messenger,and will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; Exodus 33:3 into a land flowing with milk and honey,for I will not go up in thy midst, in that, a stiff-necked people, thou art, lest I consume thee, in the way.
The people murmur thereat.
Exodus 33:4 And, when the people heard these evil tidings, they afflicted themselves,and they put not, any man, his ornaments, upon him. Exodus 33:5 Then said Yahweh unto MosesSay unto the sons of Israel, Ye, are a stiff-necked people, in one momentif I should go up in thy midst, should I make an end of thee,Now, therefore, lay down thine ornaments from off thee, that I may see what I must do with thee. Exodus 33:6 So then the sons of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, [and moved on] from Mount Horeb.
The Tabernacle is removed out of the camp.
Exodus 33:7 And, Moses, proceeded to take a tent, and pitch it by itself outside the camp, afar off from the camp, and he called it, The Tent of Meeting,and so it came to pass that, whosoever was seeking Yahweh, went out unto the tent of meeting, which was on the outside of the camp. Exodus 33:8 And it came about, that, when Moses went out unto the tent, all the people used to rise up, and station themselves, every man at the opening of his tent,and they watched Moses, until he entered the tent.
The LORD talketh familiarly with Moses.
Exodus 33:9 And it came to pass that, when Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud came down, and stood at the opening of the tent,and spake with Moses. Exodus 33:10 And, when all the people beheld the pillar of cloud, standing at the opening of the tent, then all the people rose up, and bowed themselves down, every man at the entrance of his tent. Exodus 33:11 Thus Yahweh used to speak unto Moses, face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend,and, when he returned unto the camp, his attendant, Joshua, son of Nun, a young man, moved not from the midst of the tent.
Moses desireth to see the glory of God.
Exodus 33:12 Then said Moses, unto Yahweh, See! thou, art saying unto meTake up this people, and yet, thou, hast no let me know, whom thou wilt send with me,though, thou thyself, didst sayI acknowledge thee by name, Yea, moreover, thou hast found favour, in mine eyes. Exodus 33:13 Now, therefore, if, I pray thee, I have found favour in thine eyes, let me know, I beseech thee, thy way, that I may acknowledge thee, to the intent I may find favour in thine eyes,see thou, therefore, that this nation is, thine own people. Exodus 33:14 So then he said,Mine own presence, shall go on, thus will I give thee rest. Exodus 33:15 And he said unto him,If thy presence is not going on, do not take us up from hence. Exodus 33:16 Whereby, indeed, shall it be known, then, that I have found favour in thine eyes, I, and thy people? Shall it not be, by thy going on with us? So shall we be more distinguished, I, and thy people, than any people that are on the face of the ground. Exodus 33:17 Then said Yahweh, unto Moses: Even this thing, which thou hast spoken, will I doFor thou hast found favour in mine eyes, And I have acknowledged thee by name. Exodus 33:18 And he said,Show me, I pray thee, thy glory. Exodus 33:19 And he said,I, will cause all my goodness, to pass before thee, And will proclaim myself by the name Yahweh, before thee,And will show favour, unto whom I may show favour, And will have compassion on whom I may have compassion. Exodus 33:20 But he saidThou canst not see my face,For no son of earth can see me, and live. Exodus 33:21 And Yahweh said, Lo! a place near me,So then thou shalt station thyself upon the rock: Exodus 33:22 And it shall be, while my glory passeth by, I will put thee in the cleft of the rock,and will cover thee with my hand, while I pass by: Exodus 33:23 Then will I take away my hand, and thou shalt see behind me,But, my face, must not be seen.