21 And the people remained standing at a distance as Moses approached the total darkness where God was.(A)

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21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness(A) where God was.

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The Lord said to Moses, “Tell your brother Aaron that he may not come whenever he wants into the holy place(A) behind the curtain(B) in front of the mercy seat(C) on the ark or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud(D) above the mercy seat.(E)

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The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses(A) into the Most Holy Place(B) behind the curtain(C) in front of the atonement cover(D) on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear(E) in the cloud(F) over the atonement cover.

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The People’s Response

22 “The Lord spoke these commands in a loud voice to your entire assembly from the fire, cloud, and total darkness on the mountain; he added nothing more. He wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

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22 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness;(A) and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets(B) and gave them to me.

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