Exodus 19

Moses on Sinai

a In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt
Lit on this day
on that very day they came into the wilderness of c Sinai.
When they set out from d Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of e the mountain. Moses went up to God, and f the  Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: g You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on h eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, i if you will indeed obey My voice and j keep My covenant, then you shall be k My
Or special treasure
own possession among all the peoples, for m all the earth is Mine;
and you shall be to Me n a kingdom of priests and o a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”

p So Moses came and called the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the  Lord had commanded him. q All the people answered together and said, “All that the  Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the  Lord. The  Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will come to you in r a thick cloud, so that the s people may hear when I speak with you and may also believe in you forever.” Then Moses told the words of the people to the  Lord.

10 The  Lord also said to Moses, “Go to the people and t consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them u wash their garments; 11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on v the third day the  Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘
Lit Take heed to yourselves
Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; x whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.
13 No hand shall touch him, but y he shall surely be stoned or
I.e. with arrows
shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to aa the mountain.”
14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments. 15 He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

16  ab So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were
Lit sounds
thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the
Lit lower part
foot of the mountain.

The  Lord Visits Sinai

18  ae Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the  Lord descended upon it af in fire; and its smoke ascended like ag the smoke of a furnace, and ah the whole mountain
Or trembled
quaked violently.
19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and aj God answered him with
Or a voice; lit a sound
20  al The  Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the  Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down,
Lit testify to
warn the people, so that an they do not break through to the  Lord to gaze, and many of them
Lit fall
22 Also let the ap priests who come near to the  Lord consecrate themselves, or else the  Lord will break out against them.” 23 Moses said to the  Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You
Lit testified to
warned us, saying, ‘ ar Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.’”
24 Then the  Lord said to him,
Lit Go, descend
Go down and come up again, at you and Aaron with you; but do not let the au priests and the people break through to come up to the  Lord, or He will break forth upon them.”
25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
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