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After they made the journey from Rephidim and entered the wilderness of Sinai, they then pitched camp in the wilderness.[a]

While Israel was encamped there in front of the mountain,

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Footnotes

  1. 19:2 Apparently from a different source (P) than v. 1, which notes the date, v. 2 from the J source includes a second notice of the arrival in the wilderness of Sinai. The Israelites now will be camped at Sinai from this point on all the way to Nm 10:10. This is a striking indication of the centrality and importance of the Sinai narrative in the overall composition of the Pentateuch.

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