Chapter 33 (Exodus 33)

In this chapter we have a further account of the mediation of Moses between God and Israel, for the making up of the breach that sin had made between them. I. He brings a very humbling message from God to them (Exod. 33:1-3, 5), which has a good effect upon them, and helps to prepare them for mercy, Exod. 33:4, 6. II. He settles a correspondence between God and them, and both God and the people signify their approbation of that correspondence, God by descending in a cloudy pillar, and the people by worshipping at the tent doors, Exod. 33:7-11. III. He is earnest with God in prayer, and prevails, 1. For a promise of his presence with the people, Exod. 33:12-17. 2. For a sight of his glory for himself, Exod. 33:18-23

- Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary