Exodus 20:18-21 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance
19 and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die." 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."
20 Moses said to the people, "Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin." 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."
21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. 21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.