Moshe Hid His Face: Exodus 3:6


Dear Rabbi,

In Exodus 3:6: “Moshe hid his face for he was in awe.” Is “hid his face” a Hebrew idiom and what does it signify?

Joachim Bromet


5 months


  1. No, it is not an idiom or metaphor. in the verse that you are asking about, the phrase “hid his face” needs to be understood literally. Moshe was fearful of God, and he therefore hid his face, either by covering it up or by turning to the side.

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