They say Moses veiled his face coming down the mountain because they were all afraid to come near him. His frightening face shone from the glory of God.

But what if Moses veiled his face to protect himself?

After all, who can behold the monstrous and inhuman beauty of the Lord and be knocked back among the mortals? He veiled to linger on that mountain (as it were), before gazing again on the shuffling of dusted whiners and scuttled whores. He covered his face to ease the sharp pain of reality’s return. Madness, murder, suicide — all diagnosable and certified — would greet him. And they were afraid because they knew the shock would kill him. So, he took his time. He veiled his face.

Surely the joy of the Lord would have killed him otherwise.

But who can say?