the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and 1consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them 2wash their garments
and be ready for the third day. For on the third day 3the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, 'Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. 4Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death.
No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When 5the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain."
So Moses 6went down from the mountain to the people and 7consecrated the people; 8and they washed their garments.
And he said to the people, "Be ready for the 9third day; 10do not go near a woman."
On the morning of the 11third day there were 12thunders and lightnings and 13a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud 14trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp 15trembled.
Then 16Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.
Now 17Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and 18the whole mountain trembled greatly.
And as the 19sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and 20God answered him in thunder.
The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD 21to look and many of them perish.
Also let the priests who come near to the LORD 22consecrate themselves, lest the LORD 23break out against them."
And Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, 24'Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.'"