Exodus 19 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Exactly three months after the Israelites had left Egypt, they reached the Desert of Sinai. 1 In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt--on the very day--they came to the Desert of Sinai.
2 When they left Rephidim, they came to the Desert of Sinai and camped in the desert in front of 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 Then Moses went up on the mountain to God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, "Say this to the family of Jacob, and 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 'Every one of you has seen what I did to the people of Egypt. You saw how I carried you out of Egypt, as if on eagle's wings. And I brought you here 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 So now if you obey me and keep my agreement, you will be my own possession, chosen from all nations. Even though the whole earth is mine, 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 you will be my kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' You must tell the Israelites these words." 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 So Moses went down and called the older leaders of the people together. He told them all the words the Lord had commanded him to say. 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 All the people answered together, "We will do everything he has said." Then Moses took their answer back to the Lord. 8 The people all responded together, "We will do everything the LORD has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD.
9 And the Lord said to Moses, "I will come to you in a thick cloud and speak to you. The people will hear me speaking with you and will always trust you." Then Moses told the Lord what the people had said. 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 The Lord said to Moses, "Go to the people and have them spend today and tomorrow preparing themselves. They must wash 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 and be ready by the day after tomorrow. On that day I, the Lord, will come down on Mount Sinai, and all the people will see me. 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 But you must set a limit around the mountain that the people are not to cross. Tell them not to go up on the mountain and not to touch the foot of it. Anyone who touches the mountain must be put to 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 with stones or shot with arrows. No one is allowed to touch him. Whether it is a person or an animal, he will not live. But the trumpet will make a long blast, and only then may the people go up on 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 After Moses went down from the mountain to the people, he made them prepare themselves for service to God, and they washed their clothes. 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.
15 Then Moses said to the people, "Be ready in three days. Do not have sexual relations during this time." 15 Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations."
16 On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning with a thick cloud on the mountain. There was a very loud blast from a trumpet, and all the people in the camp trembled. 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 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot 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 covered with smoke, because the Lordcame down on it in fire. The smoke rose from the mountain like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook wildly. 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 sound from the trumpet became louder. Then Moses spoke, and the voice of God answered him. 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
20 When the Lord came down on top of Mount Sinai, he called Moses to come up to the top of the mountain, and Moses went 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 The Lord said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people that they must not force their way through to see me. If they do, many of them will 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 Even the priests, who may come near me, must first prepare themselves. If they don't, I, the Lord, will punish them." 22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them."
23 Moses told the Lord, "The people cannot come up on Mount Sinai, because you yourself told us, 'Set a limit around the mountain, and set it apart as holy.'" 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 The Lord said to him, "Go down and bring Aaron up with you, but don't allow the priests or the people to force their way through. They must not come up to the Lord, or I will punish 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 and told them these things. 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.