He said, “ If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people.
“ For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.
He also delivered His people to the sword, And was filled with wrath at His inheritance.
For the Lord will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
The portion of Jacob is not like these; For the Maker of all is He, And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; The Lord of hosts is His name.
The Lord will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;
Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way.”
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”
For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession.
“Because I know that you are obstinate, And your neck is an iron sinew And your forehead bronze,
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”