EXODUS 20:19

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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

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Exodus 20:19 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And they said וַיֹּֽאמְרוּ֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
Moses, מֹשֶׁ֔ה Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver Moses
Speak דַּבֵּר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue Speak
thou אַתָּ֥ה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
with עִמָּ֖נוּ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
us, and we will hear: וְנִשְׁמָ֑עָה To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) hear
but let not וְאַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing let not
God אֱלֹהִ֖ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
speak יְדַבֵּ֥ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue speak
with עִמָּ֛נוּ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
us, lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest lest
we die. נָמֽוּת׃ To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill die

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  • 17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

  • 18  And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

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

  • 20  And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

  • 21  And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.




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