Exodus 19:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 Put limits1 for the people around the mountain and tell them, 'Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 He shall surely be stoned2 or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.' Only when the ram's horn3 sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain."4 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.5 15 Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain6 from sexual relations." 16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder7 and lightning, with a thick cloud8 over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast.9 Everyone in the camp trembled.10 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.11 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke,12 because the LORD descended on it in fire.13 The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace,14 the whole mountaina trembled15 violently, 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice16 of God answered17 him.b 20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai18 and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see19 the LORD and many of them perish.20 22 Even the priests, who approach21 the LORD, must consecrate22 themselves, or the LORD will break out against them."23
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