12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘[a]Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; (A)whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

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  1. Exodus 19:12 Lit Take heed to yourselves

16 (A)So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were [a]thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the [b]foot of the mountain.

The Lord Visits Sinai

18 (B)Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it (C)in fire; and its smoke ascended like (D)the smoke of a furnace, and (E)the whole mountain [c]quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and (F)God answered him with [d]thunder. 20 (G)The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down, [e]warn the people, so that (H)they do not break through to the Lord to gaze, and many of them [f]perish. 22 Also let the (I)priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, or else the Lord will break out against them.” 23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You [g]warned us, saying, ‘(J)Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.’” 24 Then the Lord said to him, “[h]Go down and come up again, (K)you and Aaron with you; but do not let the (L)priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, or He will break forth upon them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 19:16 Lit sounds
  2. Exodus 19:17 Lit lower part
  3. Exodus 19:18 Or trembled
  4. Exodus 19:19 Or a voice; lit a sound
  5. Exodus 19:21 Lit testify to
  6. Exodus 19:21 Lit fall
  7. Exodus 19:23 Lit testified to
  8. Exodus 19:24 Lit Go, descend

18 (A)All the people perceived the [a]thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 20:18 Lit sounds

11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, (A)and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom.

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Moses Interceded

22 “These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain from the midst of the fire, of the cloud and of the thick gloom, with a great voice, and He added no more. (A)He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.

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