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Exodus 19:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 After they set out from Rephidim,1 they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.2 3 Then Moses went up to God,3 and the LORD called4 to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt,5 and how I carried you on eagles' wings6 and brought you to myself.7 5 Now if you obey me fully8 and keep my covenant,9 then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.10 Although the whole earth11 is mine, 6 youa will be for me a kingdom of priests12 and a holy nation.'13 These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." 7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders14 of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak.15 8 The people all responded together, "We will do everything the LORD has said."16 So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD. 9 The LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud,17 so that the people will hear me speaking18 with you and will always put their trust19 in you." Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said. 10 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate20 them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes21 11 and be ready by the third day,22 because on that day the LORD will come down23 on Mount Sinai24 in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits25 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.
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