No one has parsed Exodus more carefully than the Jews whose story it tells. Rabbinical literature is full of best guesses about the meaning of each detail.
The Jewish Publication Society’s Tanakh version of the Bible reminds me that the same thing can happen with language. Take the Hebrew word kavod for instance, which the NRSV translates in today’s reading as “glory.” That’s a good flavor—one most Christian Bibles use—though kavod can also mean reverence, honor, respect, or significance depending on who translates it. The Tanakh surprises by choosing the English word “Presence” instead. … In the morning, Moses and Aaron tell the people they shall see the “Presence of the Lord.”
—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?”
—Exodus 16:6-7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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