Exodus 19 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Three months after leaving Egypt the Israelites entered the Wilderness of Sinai. 1 In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt--on the very day--they came to the Desert of Sinai.
2 They followed the route from Rephidim, arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai, and set up camp. Israel camped there facing the mountain. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.
3 As Moses went up to meet God, God called down to him from the mountain: "Speak to the House of Jacob, tell the People of Israel: 3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called 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 have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to me. 4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.
5 If you will listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant, out of all peoples you'll be my special treasure. The whole Earth is mine to choose from, 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
6 but you're special: a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.' "This is what I want you to tell the People of Israel." 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."
7 Moses came back and called the elders of Israel together and set before them all these words which God had commanded him. 7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak.
8 The people were unanimous in their response: "Everything God says, we will do." Moses took the people's answer back to God. 8 The people all responded together, "We will do everything the LORD has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD.
9 God said to Moses, "Get ready. I'm about to come to you in a thick cloud so that the people can listen in and trust you completely when I speak with you." Again Moses reported the people's answer to God. 9 The LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you." Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said.
10 God said to Moses, "Go to the people. For the next two days get these people ready to meet the Holy God. Have them scrub their clothes 10 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes
11 so that on the third day they'll be fully prepared, because on the third day God will come down on Mount Sinai and make his presence known to all the people. 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
12 Post boundaries for the people all around, telling them, 'Warning! Don't climb the mountain. Don't even touch its edge. Whoever touches the mountain dies - a certain death. 12 Put limits 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 And no one is to touch that person, he's to be stoned. That's right - stoned. Or shot with arrows, shot to death. Animal or man, whichever - put to death.' "A long blast from the horn will signal that it's safe to climb the mountain." 13 He shall surely be stoned 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 horn sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain."
14 Moses went down the mountain to the people and prepared them for the holy meeting. They gave their clothes a good scrubbing. 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.
15 Then he addressed the people: "Be ready in three days. Don't sleep with a woman." 15 Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations."
16 On the third day at daybreak, there were loud claps of thunder, flashes of lightning, a thick cloud covering the mountain, and an ear-piercing trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp shuddered in fear. 16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.
17 Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God. They stood at attention at the base of the mountain. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
18 Mount Sinai was all smoke because God had come down on it as fire. Smoke poured from it like smoke from a furnace. The whole mountain shuddered in huge spasms. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently,
19 The trumpet blasts grew louder and louder. Moses spoke and God answered in thunder. 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
20 God descended to the peak of Mount Sinai. God called Moses up to the peak and Moses climbed up. 20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up
21 God said to Moses, "Go down. Warn the people not to break through the barricades to get a look at God lest many of them die. 21 and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish.
22 And the priests also, warn them to prepare themselves for the holy meeting, lest God break out against them." 22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them."
23 Moses said to God, "But the people can't climb Mount Sinai. You've already warned us well telling us: 'Post boundaries around the mountain. Respect the holy mountain.'" 23 Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, 'Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.' "
24 God told him, "Go down and then bring Aaron back up with you. But make sure that the priests and the people don't break through and come up to God, lest he break out against them." 24 The LORD replied, "Go down and bring Aaron 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."
25 So Moses went down to the people. He said to them: 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.