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Exodus: 19

SINAI.  Ex.19.1-25

1IN THE THIRD MONTH after Israel had left Egypt [prob. rdg, Heb adds on this day], they came to the wilderness of Sinai. 2They set out from Rephidim and entered the wilderness of Sinai, where they encamped, pitching their tents opposite the mountain. 3Moses 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: 4You 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. 5If 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. 6You shall be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites.'

7Moses came and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all these commands which the LORD had laid upon him. 8The people all answered together, 'Whatever the LORD has said we will do.' Moses brought this answer back to the LORD. 9The 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, 10and the LORD said to him, 'Go to the people and hallow them today and tomorrow and make them wash their clothes. 11They 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. 12You 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. 13No 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.' 14Moses came down from the mountain to the people. He hallowed them and they washed their clothes. 15He said to the people, 'Be ready by the third day; do not go near a woman.' 16On 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.

17Moses brought the people out from the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18Mount 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, 19and the sound of the trumpet grew ever louder. Whenever Moses spoke, God answered him in a peal of thunder [in ... thunder: or by voice]. 20The LORD came down upon the top of Mount Sinai and summoned Moses to the mountain-top, and Moses went up. 21The 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. 22Even the priests, who have access to the LORD, must hallow themselves, for fear that the LORD may break out against them.' 23Moses 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.' 24The 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.' 25So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.


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