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and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you Yahweh are in the midst of this people, for you Yahweh are seen eye to eye, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Bible

“eye to eye.” The Hebrew text says, “eye to eye,” even though most translations say “face to face” (but see Rotherham and Young’s Literal Translation). Communication that is “eye to eye” is as intimate and personal as possible. The only other occurrence of “eye to eye” in the Bible is Isaiah 52:8, which speaks of how the watchmen in Jerusalem will shout for joy when Yahweh returns to Zion, which He does by sending the Messiah, His Son.


Commentary for: Numbers 14:14