And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The Lord spoke to Moses face to face and Moses reminded the Lord that he had told him to take the people “hence” but he had not told him who would go with him on the journey. He reminded the Lord that He had told him that He knew him by name and the Lord then told him that he had found grace in His sight.
The Lord told Moses that His presence would go with them on the journey. Moses then asked the Lord to either go with them or not ask them to go, for he feared that he and the rest of the children of Israel would be cut off from everyone else on earth if the Lord did not go with them and show that the people had found grace with Him.
How grateful Moses must have felt when the Lord promised his presence. for the people had sinned a great sin while he was on the Mount with the Lord and Moses must surely have feared they would not be forgiven; but the Lord was true unto the people in spite of the evil of their ways.
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