God spoke to Moses: "Cut out two tablets of stone just like the originals and engrave on them the words that were on the original tablets you smashed.
Be ready in the morning to climb Mount Sinai and get set to meet me on top of the mountain.
Not a soul is to go with you; the whole mountain must be clear of people, even animals - not even sheep or oxen can be grazing in front of the mountain."
So Moses cut two tablets of stone just like the originals. He got up early in the morning and climbed Mount Sinai as God had commanded him, carrying the two tablets of stone.
God descended in the cloud and took up his position there beside him and called out the name, God.
God passed in front of him and called out, "God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient - so much love, so deeply true -
loyal in love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. Still, he doesn't ignore sin. He holds sons and grandsons responsible for a father's sins to the third and even fourth generation."
At once, Moses fell to the ground and worshiped,
saying, "Please, O Master, if you see anything good in me, please Master, travel with us, hard-headed as these people are. Forgive our iniquity and sin. Own us, possess us."
And God said, "As of right now, I'm making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the Earth, in any nation. Then all the people with whom you're living will see how tremendous God's work is, the work I'll do for you.
Take careful note of all I command you today. I'm clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
Stay vigilant. Don't let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up.
"Tear down their altars, smash their phallic pillars, chop down their fertility poles.
Don't worship any other god. God - his name is The-Jealous-One - is a jealous God.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)