For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm,
to the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of words. (Those who heard it begged that not another word be spoken to them,
for they could not bear what was commanded: And if even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned! a21
And the appearance was so terrifying that Moses said, I am terrified and trembling. b)
Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels in festive gathering,
to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been writtenc in heaven, to God who is the judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect,
to Jesus (mediator of a new covenant), and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the [blood] of Abel.