Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
Moses said to the Lord, "When the Egyptians hear it -- for you brought up this people by your power from among them --
Otherwise the people of the land from which you brought us will say, "The Lord was unable to bring them to the land he promised them, and because of his hatred for them he has brought them out to kill them in the desert."
"I said, 'I want to cut them in pieces. I want to make people forget they ever existed.
When the Canaanites and all who live in the land hear about this, they will turn against us and destroy the very memory of us from the earth. What will you do to protect your great reputation?"
Remember how the enemy hurls insults, O Lord, and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!
Help us, O God, our deliverer! For the sake of your glorious reputation, rescue us! Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation!
I acted for the sake of my reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations among whom they lived, before whom I revealed myself by bringing them out of the land of Egypt.
You must not take for yourself anything that has been placed under judgment. Then the Lord will relent from his intense anger, show you compassion, have mercy on you, and multiply you as he promised your ancestors.
Then they erected over him a large pile of stones (it remains to this very day) and the Lord's anger subsided. So that place is called the Valley of Disaster to this very day.
Let our leaders take steps on behalf of all the assembly. Let all those in our towns who have married foreign women come at an appointed time, and with them the elders of each town and its judges, until the hot anger of our God is turned away from us in this matter."
Yet he is compassionate. He forgives sin and does not destroy. He often holds back his anger, and does not stir up his fury.
You withdrew all your fury; you turned back from your raging anger.
Then the Lord relented over the evil that he had said he would do to his people.
The Lord regretted that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended.
The Lord will judge his people, and will change his plans concerning his servants; when he sees that their power has disappeared, and that no one is left, whether confined or set free.
Turn back toward us, O Lord! How long must this suffering last? Have pity on your servants!
He remembered his covenant with them, and relented because of his great loyal love.
The Lord decided not to do this. "It will not happen," the Lord said.
Who knows? Perhaps God might be willing to change his mind and relent and turn from his fierce anger so that we might not die."
"For the Lord who rules over all says, 'As I had planned to hurt you when your fathers made me angry,' says the Lord who rules over all, 'and I was not sorry,