Exodus 19:15
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New International Version
Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations."

New Living Translation
He told them, "Get ready for the third day, and until then abstain from having sexual intercourse."

English Standard Version
And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

New American Standard Bible
He said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman."

King James Bible
And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to the people, "Be prepared by the third day. Do not have sexual relations with women."

International Standard Version
He told the people, "Be ready for the third day; don't go near a woman."

NET Bible
He said to the people, "Be ready for the third day. Do not go near your wives."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Moses said to the people, "Be ready two days from now. Don't disqualify yourselves by having sexual intercourse."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day; come not at your women.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto the people, Be ready by the third day: come not near your wives.

American King James Version
And he said to the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.

American Standard Version
And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not near a woman.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said to them: Be ready against the third day, and come not near your wives.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to the people, Be ready for the third day; do not come near [your] wives.

English Revised Version
And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not near a woman.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.

World English Bible
He said to the people, "Be ready by the third day. Don't have sexual relations with a woman."

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith unto the people, 'Be ye prepared for the third day, come not nigh unto a woman.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:9-15 The solemn manner in which the law was delivered, was to impress the people with a right sense of the Divine majesty. Also to convince them of their own guilt, and to show that they could not stand in judgment before God by their own obedience. In the law, the sinner discovers what he ought to be, what he is, and what he wants. There he learns the nature, necessity, and glory of redemption, and of being made holy. Having been taught to flee to Christ, and to love him, the law is the rule of his obedience and faith.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Come not at your wives. Compare 1 Samuel 21:4, 5; 1 Corinthians 7:5. A similar obligation lay on the Egyptian priests (Porphyr. De Abstin. 4:7); and the idea which underlies it was widespread in the ancient world (See Herod. 1:198; Hesiod. Op. et Di. 733-4; Tibul. Carm. 2:1; 51:11, 12.) The subject is well treated, from a Christian point of view, by Pope Gregory the First, in his answers to S. Augustine's questions (Bode, Hist. Eccl. 2.).

CHAPTER 19:16-20

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto the people, be ready against the third day,.... The third day from thence, the sixth of the month Sivan, against which day they were to prepare themselves, by washing their garments, and all other outward acts of sanctification and purity they were directed to, that they might be ready for the service of that day, to hear and receive the law from God himself: Aben Ezra has this note on the passage,"perhaps not a man slept that night, that he might hear the voice of the Lord in the morning, as was the way or custom of the high priest on the day of atonement;''that is, not to sleep the night before:

come not at your wives; or, "do not draw nigh to a woman" (q), to lie with her; meaning not with a strange woman, or one that was not his wife, for that was not lawful at any time; nor with a menstruous woman who was unclean, and so forbidden, but with a man's own wife: what was lawful must now be abstained from, for the greater sanctification and solemnity of the service of this day, see 1 Corinthians 7:5, so Chaeremoh (r) the stoic says of the Egyptian priests, that when the time is at hand that they are to perform some very sacred and solemn service, they spend several days in preparing for it; sometimes two and forty, sometimes more, sometimes less, but never under seven; when they abstain from all animals, and from all kind of herbs and pulse, and especially from venereal conversation with women; and to this latter Juvenal (s) the poet has respect.

(q) Sept. "to a woman", Ainsworth. (r) Apud Porphyr, de Abstinentia, l. 4. sect. 7. Vid Clement. Alexand Stromat. l. 1. p. 306. (s) "Ille petit veniam quoties non abstinet uxor, "Concubitu, sacris observandisque diebus". Juvenal, Satyr 6.



Exodus 19:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel at Mount Sinai
14So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments. 15He said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman." 16So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were 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.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:5
Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Exodus 19:14
After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.

Exodus 19:16
On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

1 Samuel 21:4
But the priest answered David, "I don't have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here--provided the men have kept themselves from women."

1 Samuel 21:5
David replied, "Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men's bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!"

1 Chronicles 15:12
He said to them, "You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate yourselves and bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.
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