Moses then wrote1 down everything the LORD had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar2 at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars3 representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings4 and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offeringsa5 to the LORD.
Moses6 took half of the blood7 and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled8 on the altar.
Then he took the Book of the Covenant9 and read it to the people. They responded, "We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey."108
Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people11 and said, "This is the blood of the covenant12 that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."
Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders13 of Israel went up
and saw14 the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire,b15 clear as the sky16 itself.
But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw17 God, and they ate and drank.1812
The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone,19 with the law and commands I have written for their instruction."
Then Moses set out with Joshua20 his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain21 of God.
He said to the elders, "Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur22 are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute23 can go to them."