Exodus 34 (English Standard Version)

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Moses Makes New Tablets

1 The LORD said to Moses, 1"Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, 2and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, 3which you broke. 2 Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me 4on the top of the mountain. 3 No 5one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain." 4 So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. 5 The LORD6descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and 7proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, 8"The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and 9gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast 10love and faithfulness, 7 11keeping steadfast love for thousands,a12forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but 13who will by no means clear the guilty, 14visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." 8 And Moses quickly 15bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. 9 And he said, "If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please 16let the Lord go in the midst of us, for 17it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for 18your inheritance."

The Covenant Renewed

10 And he said, "Behold, 19I am making a covenant. Before all your people 20I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an 21awesome thing that I will do with you. 11 "Observe what I command you this day. Behold, 22I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 12 23Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a 24snare in your midst. 13 You shall 25tear down their altars and 26break their pillars and cut down their 27Asherim 14 (for 28you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), 15 29lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they 30whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and 31you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you take of 32their daughters for your sons, and their daughters 33whore after their gods and make your sons whore after their gods. 17 34"You shall not make for yourself any gods of cast metal. 18 35"You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in 36the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt. 19 37All that open the womb are mine, all your maleb livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep. 20 The 38firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And 39none shall appear before me empty-handed. 21 40"Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest. 22 41You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year's end. 23 42Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. 24 For I will 43cast out nations before you and 44enlarge your borders; 45no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year. 25 46"You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, 47or let the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover remain until the morning. 26 48The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. 49You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk." 27 And the LORD said to Moses, "Write these words, for in accordance with these words 50I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." 28 51So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he 52wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.c

The Shining Face of Moses

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with 53the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face 54shone because he had been talking with God.d 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face 55shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he 56commanded them all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a 57veil over his face. 34 Whenever Moses 58went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35 the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face was 59shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
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