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Exodus 19:10-23 (New American Standard)

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10 The LORD also said to Moses, "Go to the people and 1consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them 2wash their garments; 11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on 3the 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, 'aBeware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; 4whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 'No hand shall touch him, but 5he shall surely be stoned or bshot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When the ram's horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to 6the mountain." 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments. 15 He said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman." 16 7So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were cthunder 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. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the dfoot of the mountain.

The LORD Visits Sinai

18 8Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it 9in fire; and its smoke ascended like 10the smoke of a furnace, and 11the whole mountain equaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and 12God answered him with fthunder. 20 13The 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. 21 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go down, gwarn the people, so that 14they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them hperish. 22 "Also let the 15priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them." 23 Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You iwarned us, saying, '16Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.' "
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