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Exodus 19:13-23 (New International Version)

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13 He shall surely be stoned1 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 horn2 sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain."3 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.4 15 Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain5 from sexual relations." 16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder6 and lightning, with a thick cloud7 over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast.8 Everyone in the camp trembled.9 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.10 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke,11 because the LORD descended on it in fire.12 The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace,13 the whole mountaina trembled14 violently, 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice15 of God answered16 him.b 20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai17 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 see18 the LORD and many of them perish.19 22 Even the priests, who approach20 the LORD, must consecrate21 themselves, or the LORD will break out against them."22 23 Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up Mount Sinai,23 because you yourself warned us, 'Put limits24 around the mountain and set it apart as holy.' "
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