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19Exodus

1 IN THE THIRD MONTH after Israel had left Egypt prob. rdg, Heb adds on this day, they came to the wilderness of Sinai. SINAI. Ex.19.1-25
2 They set out from Rephidim and entered the wilderness of Sinai, where they encamped, pitching their tents opposite the mountain.  
3 Moses went up the mountain of God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, 'Speak thus to the house of Jacob, and tell this to the sons of Israel:  
4 You have seen with your own eyes what I did to Egypt, and how I have carried you on eagles' wings and brought you here to me.  
5 If only you will now listen to me and keep my covenant, then out of all peoples you shall become my special possession; for the whole earth is mine.  
6 You shall be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites.'

 
7 Moses came and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all these commands which the LORD had laid upon him.  
8 The people all answered together, 'Whatever the LORD has said we will do.' Moses brought this answer back to the LORD.  
9 The LORD said to Moses, 'I am now coming to you in a thick cloud, so that I may speak to you in the hearing of the people, and their faith in you may never fail.' Moses told the LORD what the people had said,  
10 and the LORD said to him, 'Go to the people and hallow them today and tomorrow and make them wash their clothes.  
11 They must be ready by the third day, because on the third day the LORD will descend upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.  
12 You must put barriers round the mountain and say, "Take care not to go up the mountain or even to touch the edge of it." Any man who touches the mountain must be put to death.  
13 No hand shall touch him Or it, he shall be stoned or shot dead Or hurled to his death: neither man nor beast may live. But when the ram's horn sounds, they may go up the mountain.'  
14 Moses came down from the mountain to the people. He hallowed them and they washed their clothes.  
15 He said to the people, 'Be ready by the third day; do not go near a woman.'  
16 On the third day, when morning came, there were peals of thunder and flashs of lightning, dense cloud on the mountain and a loud trumpet blast; the people in the camp were all terrified.

 
17 Moses brought the people out from the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.  
18 Mount Sinai was all smoking because the LORD had come down upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln; all the people were terrified,  
19 and the sound of the trumpet grew ever louder. Whenever Moses spoke, God answered him in a peal of thunder in ... thunder: or by voice.  
20 The LORD came down upon the top of Mount Sinai and summoned Moses to the mountain-top, and Moses went up.  
21 The LORD said to Moses, 'Go down; warn the people solemnly that they must not force their way through to the LORD to see him, or many of them will perish.  
22 Even the priests, who have access to the LORD, must hallow themselves, for fear that the LORD may break out against them.'  
23 Moses answered the LORD, 'The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because thou thyself didst solemnly warn us to set a barrier to the mountain and so to keep it holy.'  
24 The LORD therefore said to him, 'Go down; then come up and bring Aaron with you, but let neither priests not people force their way up to the LORD, for fear that he may break out against them.'

 
25 So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.  
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