Exodus 19:21
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New International Version
and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD told Moses, "Go back down and warn the people not to break through the boundaries to see the LORD, or they will die.

English Standard Version
And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to look and many of them perish.

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD directed Moses, "Go down and warn the people not to break through to see the LORD; otherwise many of them will die.

International Standard Version
The LORD told Moses, "Go down and warn the people so they don't break through to look at the LORD, and many of them perish.

NET Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "Go down and solemnly warn the people, lest they force their way through to the LORD to look, and many of them perish.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "Go down, warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people not to force their way through [the boundary] to see the LORD, or many of them will die.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people lest they break through the bounds to gaze upon the LORD, and many of them perish.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

American King James Version
And the LORD said to Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto Jehovah to gaze, and many of them perish.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said unto him: Go down, and charge the people: lest they should have a mind to pass the limits to see the Lord, and a very great multitude of them should perish.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to Moses, Go down, testify to the people that they break not through to Jehovah to gaze, and many of them perish.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

World English Bible
Yahweh said to Moses, "Go down, warn the people, lest they break through to Yahweh to gaze, and many of them perish.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Go down, protest to the people, lest they break through unto Jehovah to see, and many of them have fallen;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
19:16-25 Never was there such a sermon preached, before or since, as this which was preached to the church in the wilderness. It might be supposed that the terrors would have checked presumption and curiosity in the people; but the hard heart of an unawakened sinner can trifle with the most terrible threatenings and judgments. In drawing near to God, we must never forget his holiness and greatness, nor our own meanness and pollution. We cannot stand in judgment before him according to his righteous law. The convinced transgressor asks, What must I do to be saved? and he hears the voice, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. The Holy Ghost, who made the law to convince of sin, now takes of the things of Christ, and shows them to us. In the gospel we read, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Through him we are justified from all things, from which we could not be justified by the law of Moses. But the Divine law is binding as a rule of life. The Son of God came down from heaven, and suffered poverty, shame, agony, and death, not only to redeem us from its curse, but to bind us more closely to keep its commands.
Study Bible
The Lord Visits Sinai
20The 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. 21Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. 22"Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them."…
Cross References
Exodus 3:5
Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

Numbers 4:20
but they shall not go in to see the holy objects even for a moment, or they will die."

Deuteronomy 5:5
while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain. He said,

1 Samuel 6:19
He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

charge. Heb. contest

Exodus 19:12,13 And you shall set bounds to the people round about, saying, Take …

break

Exodus 3:3,5 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, …

Exodus 33:20 And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

1 Samuel 6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into …

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready …

Hebrews 12:28,29 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

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