1Three months to the day after leaving Egypt, the Israelites reached the desert of Sinai. 2Setting out from Rephidim, they reached the desert of Sinai and pitched camp in the desert; there,facing the mountain, Israel pitched camp. 3Moses then went up to God, and Yahweh cal ed to him from the mountain, saying, 'Say this to theHouse of Jacob! Tel the Israelites, 4"You have seen for yourselves what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you away on eagle'swings and brought you to me. 5So now, if you are real y prepared to obey me and keep my covenant, you, out of all peoples, shall bemy personal possession, for the whole world is mine. 6For me you shal be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation." Those are the words you are to say to theIsraelites.' 7So Moses went and summoned the people's elders and acquainted them with everything that Yahwehhad bidden him, 8and the people al replied with one accord, 'Whatever Yahweh has said, we will do.' Moses thenreported to Yahweh what the people had said. 9Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Look, I shal come to you in a dense cloud so that the people wil hearwhen I speak to you and believe you ever after.' Moses then told Yahweh what the people had said. 10Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Go to the people and tel them to sanctify themselves today andtomorrow. They must wash their clothes 11and be ready for the day after tomorrow; for the day after tomorrow, in the sight of al the people,Yahweh wil descend on Mount Sinai. 12You wil mark out the limits of the mountain and say, "Take care not to go up the mountain or to touchthe edge of it. Anyone who touches the mountain wil be put to death. 13No one may lay a hand on him: he must be stoned or shot by arrow; whether man or beast, he shalnot live." When the ram's horn sounds a long blast, they must go up the mountain.' 14So Moses came down from the mountain to the people; he made the people sanctify themselves andthey washed their clothes. 15He then said to the people, 'Be ready for the day after tomorrow; do not touch a woman.' 16Now at daybreak two days later, there were peals of thunder and flashes of lightning, dense cloud onthe mountain and a very loud trumpet blast; and, in the camp, al the people trembled. 17Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God; and they took their stand at the bottom ofthe mountain. 18Mount Sinai was entirely wrapped in smoke, because Yahweh had descended on it in the form of fire.The smoke rose like smoke from a furnace and the whole mountain shook violently. 19Louder and louder grew the trumpeting. Moses spoke, and God answered him in the thunder. 20Yahweh descended on Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain, and Yahweh cal ed Moses to the topof the mountain; and Moses went up. 21Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Go down and warn the people not to break through to look at Yahweh,or many of them wil perish. 22Even the priests, who do have access to Yahweh, must sanctify themselves, or Yahweh may burstout against them.' 23Moses said to Yahweh, 'The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, since you yourself warned us tomark out the limits of the mountain and declare it sacred.' 24Yahweh said, 'Away with you! Go down! Then come back bringing Aaron with you. But do not al owthe priests and people to break through to come up to Yahweh, or he may burst out against them.' 25So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.
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