They said to Moses, “Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but do not let God speak with us, lest we die.” Bible

“they said to Moses.” The people did not come as a mass to Moses, they were represented by their leaders, as Deuteronomy 5:23 makes clear. Many times in Scripture, “the people” or “Israel” is said to do something but it is the leaders who actually act, representing the people.

Commentary for: Exodus 20:19