The Divine proclamation (Ex 34:6-34:9)

“Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed:

‘Yahweh, Yahweh,

a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger,

and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,

keeping steadfast love to the thousandth generation,

forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,

yet by no means clearing the guilty,

but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation.’

Yahweh describes himself to Moses as he, passed before him.  He proclaimed that he is Yahweh.  He is merciful and gracious.  He is slow to anger.  He is loving and faithful down to the thousandth generation.  He forgives iniquity and sin.  However, he does not clear the guilty, but visits the iniquity of the parents to the children up to the fourth generation.

Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.  He said, ‘If now I have found favor in your sight Yahweh, I pray, let Yahweh go with us.  Although this is a stiff-necked people, pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.’”

Moses bowed and worshiped him and then asked Yahweh to pardon their sins and let them share in Yahweh’s inheritance.


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