Exodus 19
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1In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.1On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.
2When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain.2They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain,
3Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel:3while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel:
4You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself.4‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
5'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;5Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;
6and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel."6and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
7So Moses came and called the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the LORD had commanded him.7So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.
8All 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.8All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD.
9The LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the 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.9And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” When Moses told the words of the people to the LORD,
10The LORD also said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments;10the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments
11and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.11and be ready for the third day. For on 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, 'Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.12And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death.
13'No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When the ram's horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain."13No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.”
14So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments.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."15And he 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.16On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled.
17And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.17Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.
18Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.18Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.
19When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder.19And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder.
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.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.21And 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.
22"Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them."22Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, lest the LORD break out against them.”
23Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, 'Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.'"23And Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.’”
24Then the LORD said to him, "Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, or He will break forth upon them."24And the LORD said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest he break out against them.”
25So Moses went down to the people and told them.25So Moses went down to the people and told them.
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