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Exodus 19 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Israelites arrived in the wilderness of Sinai exactly two months after they left Egypt. 1 In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt--on the very day--they came to the Desert of Sinai.
2 After breaking camp at Rephidim, they came to the base of Mount Sinai and set up camp there. 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 climbed the mountain to appear before God. The LORD called out to him from the mountain and said, "Give these instructions to the descendants of Jacob, 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 the Egyptians. You know how I brought you to myself and carried you on eagle's wings. 4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.
5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the nations of the earth; for all the earth belongs to me. 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 And you will be to me a kingdom of priests, my holy nation.' Give this message to the Israelites." 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 returned from the mountain and called together the leaders of the people and told them what the LORD had said. 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 They all responded together, "We will certainly do everything the LORD asks of us." So Moses brought the people's 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 Then the LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a thick cloud so the people themselves can hear me as I speak to you. Then they will always have confidence in you." 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 Then the LORD told Moses, "Go down and prepare the people for my visit. Purify them today and tomorrow, and have them wash their clothing. 10 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes
11 Be sure they are ready on the third day, for I will come down upon Mount Sinai as all the people watch. 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 Set boundary lines that the people may not pass. Warn them, 'Be careful! Do not go up on the mountain or even touch its boundaries. Those who do will certainly die! 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 Any people or animals that cross the boundary must be stoned to death or shot with arrows. They must not be touched by human hands.' The people must stay away from the mountain until they hear one long blast from the ram's horn. Then they must gather at the foot of 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 So Moses went down to the people. He purified them for worship and had them wash their clothing. 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.
15 He told them, "Get ready for an important event two days from now. And until then, abstain from having sexual intercourse." 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 a powerful thunder and lightning storm, and a dense cloud came down upon the mountain. There was a long, loud blast from a ram's horn, and all the people 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 Moses led them out from the camp to meet with 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 All Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the LORD had descended on it in the form of fire. The smoke billowed into the sky like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook with a violent earthquake. 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 As the horn blast grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God thundered his reply for all to hear. 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
20 The LORD came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses climbed the mountain. 20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up
21 Then the LORD told Moses, "Go back down and warn the people not to cross the boundaries. They must not come up here to see the LORD, for those who do 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 regularly come near to the LORD must purify themselves, or I will destroy them." 22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them."
23 "But LORD, the people cannot come up on the mountain!" Moses protested. "You already told them not to. You told me to set boundaries around the mountain and to declare it off limits." 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 But the LORD said, "Go down anyway and bring Aaron back with you. In the meantime, do not let the priests or the people cross the boundaries to come up here. If they do, 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 what the LORD had said. 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.