WHEN THEY SAW MOSES, THEY WOULD NOT VENTURE NEAR HIM.
When Moses came down from the mountain of Sinai – as he came down from the mountain, Moses had the two tablets of the testimony in his hands – he did not know that the skin on his face was radiant after speaking with the Lord.
And when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, the skin on his face shone so much that they would not venture near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron with all the leaders of the community came back to him; and he spoke to them. Then all the sons of Israel came closer, and he passed on to them all the orders that the Lord had given him on the mountain of Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.
Whenever he went into the Lord’s presence to speak with him, Moses would remove the veil until he came out again. And when he came out, he would tell the sons of Israel what he had been ordered to pass on to them, and the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he returned to speak with the Lord.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.