Exodus 20:21
Good News Translation
But the people continued to stand a long way off, and only Moses went near the dark cloud where God was.

Contemporary English Version
But when Moses went near the thick cloud where God was, the people stayed a long way off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people stood afar off. But Moses went to the dark cloud wherein God was.

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And the people stood afar off. But Moses went to the dark cloud wherein God was.

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Exodus 19:16,17 And now the third day was come, and the morning appeared: and behold thunders began to be heard, and lightning to flash, and a very thick cloud to cover the mount, and the noise of the trumpet sounded exceeding loud; and the people that was in the camp, feared. . . .

Deuteronomy 5:5 I was the mediator and stood between the Lord and you at that time, to shew you his words, for you feared the fire, and went not up into the mountain, and he said:

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1 Kings 8:12 Then Solomon said: The Lord said that he would dwell in a cloud.

2 Chronicles 6:1 Then Solomon said: The Lord promised that he would dwell in a cloud.

Psalm 18:9,12 He bowed the heavens, and came down, and darkness was under his feet. . . .

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: justice and judgment are the establishment of his throne.

Psalm 104:2 And art clothed with light as with a garment. Who stretchest out the heaven like a pavilion:

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality and inhabiteth light inaccessible: whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen.

Context
Moses Comforts the People
20And Moses said to the people: Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that the dread of him might be in you, and you should not sin. 21And the people stood afar off. But Moses went to the dark cloud wherein God was.
Cross References
Exodus 19:16
And now the third day was come, and the morning appeared: and behold thunders began to be heard, and lightning to flash, and a very thick cloud to cover the mount, and the noise of the trumpet sounded exceeding loud; and the people that was in the camp, feared.

Deuteronomy 5:22
These words the Lord spoke to all the multitude of you in the mountain, out of the midst of the fire and the cloud, and the darkness, with a loud voice, adding nothing more: and he wrote them in two tables of stone, which he delivered unto me.

Additional Translations
And the people stood at a distance as Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses went into the darkness where God was.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the obscurity where God was.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

The people stayed at a distance, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

And the people stand afar off, and Moses hath drawn nigh unto the thick darkness where God is.
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