1 On the thirdI new moonII after the IsraelitesIII had goneIV out of the landV of Egypt,VI
on that very day,VII they cameVIII into the wildernessIX of Sinai.X
2 They had journeyedXI from Rephidim,XII enteredXIII the wilderness of Sinai, and campedXIV in the wilderness; Israel camped there in frontXV of the mountain.XVI
3 Then MosesXVII went upXVIII to God;XIX the LordXX calledXXI to him from the mountain,
saying, “Thus you shall say to the houseXXII of Jacob,XXIII and tellXXIV the Israelites: 4 You have seenXXV what I didXXVI to the Egyptians,XXVII
and how I boreXXVIII you on eagles’XXIX wingsXXX and broughtXXXI you to myself.
5 Now therefore, if you obeyXXXII my voiceXXXIII and keepXXXIV my covenant,XXXV
you shall beXXXVI my treasured possessionXXXVII out of allXXXVIII the peoples.XXXIX Indeed, the wholeXL earthXLI is mine,
6 but you shall be for me a priestlyXLII kingdomXLIII and a holyXLIV nation.XLV These are the wordsXLVI that you shall speakXLVII to the Israelites.”
7 So Moses came, summonedXLVIII the eldersXLIX of the people, and setL beforeLI them all these words that the Lord had commandedLII him.
8 The people all answeredLIII as one:LIV “EverythingLV that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Moses reportedLVI the words of the people to the Lord.
9 Then the Lord said to Moses, “LVIII am going to come to you in a denseLVIII cloud,LIX in order thatLX the people may hearLXI when I speak with you and so trustLXII you ever after.”LXIII
When Moses had told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses: “GoLXIV to the people and consecrateLXV them todayLXVI and tomorrow.LXVII
Have them washLXVIII their clothesLXIX 11 and prepareLXX for the third day, because on the third day the Lord will come downLXXI upon MountLXXII Sinai in the sightLXXIII of all the people.
12 You shall set limitsLXXIV for the people all around,LXXV saying, ‘Be carefulLXXVI not to go up the mountain or to touchLXXVII the edgeLXXVIII of it.
AnyLXXIX who touch the mountain shall be put to death.LXXX 13 No handLXXXI shall touch them, but they shall be stonedLXXXII or shotLXXXIII with arrows;
whether animalLXXXIV or human being,LXXXV they shall not live.’LXXXVI When the trumpetLXXXVII sounds a long blast,LXXXVIII they may go up on the mountain.”
14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people. He consecrated the people, and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said to the people, “Prepare for the thirdLXXXIX day; do not goXC near a woman.”XCI
16 XCIIOn the morningXCIII of theXCIV third day there was thunderXCV and lightning,XCVI
as well as a thickXCVII cloud on the mountain, and a blastXCVIII of a trumpetXCIX
soC loudCI that all the people who were in the campCII trembled.CIII
17 Moses broughtCIV the people out of the camp to meetCV God. They took their standCVI at the footCVII of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrappedCVIII in smoke,CIX because the Lord had descendedCX upon it in fire;CXI
the smokeCXII went up like the smokeCXIII of a kiln,CXIV while the whole mountain shookCXV violently.CXVI 19 CXVIIAs the blast of the trumpetCXVIII grewCXIX
louder and louder,CXX, CXXI Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder. 20 When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the topCXXII of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warnCXXIII the people notCXXIV to break throughCXXV to the Lord to look;CXXVI
otherwise manyCXXVII of them will perish.CXXVIII 22 Even the priests who approachCXXIX the Lord must consecrate themselves orCXXX the Lord will break outCXXXI against them.”
23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people are not permittedCXXXII to come upCXXXIII to Mount Sinai; for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and keep it holy.’”CXXXIV
24 The Lord said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing AaronCXXXV with you; but do not let either the priests or the people break through to come up to the Lord; otherwiseCXXXVI he will break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
Image credit: “Moses’s Mountain” by Mohammed Moussa, 2013.