The Lord covenants to make Israel a peculiar treasure, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation—The people sanctify themselves—The Lord appears on Sinai amid fire, smoke, and earthquakes.
1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the awilderness of Sinai.
2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had apitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.
3 And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord acalled unto him out of the bmountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on aeagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
5 Now therefore, if ye will aobey my voice indeed, and keep my bcovenant, then ye shall be a cpeculiar dtreasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a akingdom of bpriests, and an choly dnation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
7 ¶ And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord acommanded him.
8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will ado. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick acloud, that the people may bhear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.
10 ¶ And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and asanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them bwash their clothes,
11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the asight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
12 And thou shalt set abounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the bmount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
14 ¶ And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.
15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: acome not at your wives.
16 ¶ And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to ameet with God; and they stood at the bnether part of the mount.
18 And mount aSinai was baltogether on a csmoke, because the Lord ddescended upon it in efire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole fmount quaked greatly.
19 And when the voice of the atrumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a bvoice.
20 And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the atop of the mount; and Moses went up.
21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to agaze, and many of them bperish.
22 And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them.
23 And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.
24 And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them.
25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.