In the third month of the going out of the sons of Israel
from the land of Egypt, in this day they have come into the wilderness of
and they journey from Rephidim, and enter the wilderness of
Sinai, and encamp in the wilderness; and Israel encampeth there before the
And Moses hath gone up unto God, and Jehovah calleth unto
him out of the mount, saying, 'Thus dost thou say to the house of Jacob, and
declare to the sons of Israel,
Ye -- ye have seen that which I have done to the Egyptians,
and I bear you on eagles' wings, and bring you in unto Myself.
'And now, if ye really hearken to My voice, then ye have
kept My covenant, and been to Me a peculiar treasure more than all the peoples,
for all the earth is Mine;
and ye -- ye are to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy
nation: these are the words which thou dost speak unto the sons of
And Moses cometh, and calleth for the elders of the people,
and setteth before them all these words which Jehovah hath commanded him;
and all the people answer together and say, 'All that
Jehovah hath spoken we do;' and Moses returneth the words of the people unto
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Lo, I am coming unto thee in
the thickness of the cloud, so that the people hear in My speaking with thee,
and also believe in thee to the age;' and Moses declareth the words of the
people unto Jehovah.
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Go unto the people; and thou
hast sanctified them to-day and to-morrow, and they have washed their garments,
and have been prepared for the third day; for on the third
day doth Jehovah come down before the eyes of all the people, on mount Sinai.
'And thou hast made a border for the people round
about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, going up into the mount, or coming
against its extremity; whoever is coming against the mount is certainly put to
a hand cometh not against him, for he is certainly stoned or
shot through, whether beast or man it liveth not; in the drawing out of the
jubilee cornet they go up into the mount.'
And Moses cometh down from the mount unto the people, and
sanctifieth the people, and they wash their garments;
and he saith unto the people, 'Be ye prepared for the third
day, come not nigh unto a woman.'
And it cometh to pass, on the third day, while it is
morning, that there are voices, and lightnings, and a heavy cloud, on the
mount, and the sound of a trumpet very strong; and all the people who are
in the camp do tremble.
And Moses bringeth out the people to meet God from the camp,
and they station themselves at the lower part of the mount,
and mount Sinai is wholly a smoke from the presence
of Jehovah, who hath come down on it in fire, and its smoke goeth up as smoke
of the furnace, and the whole mount trembleth exceedingly;
and the sound of the trumpet is going on, and very strong;
Moses speaketh, and God doth answer him with a voice.
And Jehovah cometh down on mount Sinai, unto the top of the
mount, and Jehovah calleth for Moses unto the top of the mount, and Moses goeth
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Go down, protest to the
people, lest they break through unto Jehovah to see, and many of them have
and also the priests who are coming nigh unto Jehovah do
sanctify themselves, lest Jehovah break forth on them.'
And Moses saith unto Jehovah, 'The people is unable
to come up unto mount Sinai, for Thou -- Thou hast protested to us, saying,
Make a border for the mount, then thou hast sanctified it.'
And Jehovah saith unto him, 'Go, descend, then thou hast
come up, thou, and Aaron with thee; and the priests and the people do not break
through, to come up unto Jehovah, lest He break forth upon them.'
And Moses goeth down unto the people, and saith unto them: