When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid a and trembled and stood at a distance,
and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die."
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin."
Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
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