the LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by Me, and
you shall stand there on the rock; 22 and
it will come about,
glory is passing by, that I will put you in
the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand
until I have passed by. 23 "Then I will
take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My
face shall not be seen." Exodus 33:21-23 (NAS)
he (Moses) was there with the LORD forty days and
forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water.
And he wrote on the tablets the words of the
covenant, the Ten Commandments. 29 And it
came about when Moses was coming down from Mount
Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in
Moses' hand as he was coming down from the
mountain), that Moses did not know that the
skin of his
face shone because of his speaking with Him.
30 So when Aaron and all the sons of
Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face
shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
31 Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and
all the rulers in the congregation returned to him;
and Moses spoke to them. 32 And afterward
all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded
them to do everything that the LORD had spoken to
him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses had
finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his
face. 34 But whenever Moses went in
before the LORD to speak with Him, he would take off
the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out
and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been
commanded, 35 the sons of Israel would
see the face of Moses, that
the skin of
Moses' face shone. So Moses would replace the
veil over his face until he went in to speak with
Him. Exodus 34:28-35 (NAS)
Moses' faced shone so brightly, he later covered
it with a veil, except when he spoke to the Lord.
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