||[God] replied, 'I will make all My good pass before you, and reveal the Divine Name in your presence. [But still,] I will have mercy and show kindness to whomever I desire.'
Vayomer ani a'avir kol-tuvi al-paneycha vekarati veshem Adonay lefaneycha vechanoti et-asher achon verichamti et-asher arachem.
||[God then] explained, 'You cannot have a vision of My Presence. A man cannot have a vision of Me and still exist.'
Vayomer lo tuchal lir'ot et-panay ki lo-yir'ani ha'adam vachay.
(see Berakhoth 7a). Or, 'I will let you know to whom I will show mercy and kindness' (Rashbam; Ramban).
|and still exist|
Literally, 'and live.' Or, 'No man nor any other living creature can see Me' (Ralbag).