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Exodus 19

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 1 In the third month after the children of Israel left the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai.

 2 For when they had departed from Rephidim and come to the wilderness of Sinai, they camped in the wilderness before the mountain.

 3 And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, "This is what you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the children of Israel:

 4 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.

 5 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to me above all people; for all the earth is mine.

 6 And you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation to me.' These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Israel."

 7 So Moses called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.

 8 And all the people answered together, and said, "We will do all that the LORD has spoken." And Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD.

 9 And the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and believe you forever." And Moses told the words of the people to the LORD.

 10 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes,

 11 And be ready by the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

 12 And you shall set bounds to the people all around, saying, 'Take heed to yourselves, that you do not go up into the mountain or touch the border of it. For whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

 13 Anyone who touches it shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; whether it is man or beast, he shall not live.' When the trumpet sounds a long blast, then they shall come up to the mount."

 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes.

 15 And he said to the people, "Be ready by the third day; do not have relations with a woman [in order to remain sanctified]."

 16 And it came to pass on the third morning that there were thunders and lightnings, a thick cloud upon the mountain, and the sound of a very loud trumpet, so that all the people in the camp trembled.

 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

 18 And mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.

 19 And when the sound of the trumpet sounded louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with a voice.

 20 Then the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain, and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

 21 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze and many of them perish.

 22 Also let the priests, who come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break out against them."

 23 And Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to mount Sinai for you charged us, saying, 'Set bounds all around the mountain and sanctify it.'"

 24 And the LORD said to him, "Go down and come back up, and bring Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest he break out against them."

 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.


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