Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain1 from sexual relations."
On the morning of the third day there was thunder2 and lightning, with a thick cloud3 over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast.4 Everyone in the camp trembled.517
Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.618
Mount Sinai was covered with smoke,7 because the LORD descended on it in fire.8 The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace,9 the whole mountaina trembled10 violently,
and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice11 of God answered12 him.b20
The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai13 and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up
and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see14 the LORD and many of them perish.1522
Even the priests, who approach16 the LORD, must consecrate17 themselves, or the LORD will break out against them."1823
Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up Mount Sinai,19 because you yourself warned us, 'Put limits20 around the mountain and set it apart as holy.' "
The LORD replied, "Go down and bring Aaron21 up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD, or he will break out against them."2225
So Moses went down to the people and told them.