Exodus 19

Moses on Sinai

1 1In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of 2Sinai.
2 When they set out from 3Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of 4the mountain.
3 Moses went up to God, and 5the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel:
4 '6You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on 7eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself.
5 'Now then, 8if you will indeed obey My voice and 9keep My covenant, then you shall be 10My own possession among all the peoples, for 11all the earth is Mine;
6 and you shall be to Me 12a kingdom of priests and 13a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel."
7 14So Moses came and called the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the LORD had commanded him.
8 15All the people answered together and said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do!" And Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD.
9 The LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will come to you in 16a thick cloud, so that the 17people may hear when I speak with you and may also believe in you forever." Then Moses told the words of the people to the LORD.
10 The LORD also said to Moses, "Go to the people and 18consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them 19wash their garments;
11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on 20the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
12 "You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, 'Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; 21whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.
13 'No hand shall touch him, but 22he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When the ram's horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to 23the mountain."
14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments.
15 He said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman."
16 24So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

The LORD Visits Sinai

18 25Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because * * the LORD descended upon it 26in fire; and its smoke ascended like 27the smoke of a furnace, and 28the whole mountain quaked violently.
19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and 29God answered him with thunder.
20 30The 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.
21 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go down, warn the people, so that 31they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.
22 "Also let the 32priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them."
23 Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot * come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, '33Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.' "
24 Then the LORD said to him, "Go * down and come up again, 34you and Aaron with you; but do not let the 35priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, or He will break forth upon them."
25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
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