The people come to Sinai.
Exodus 19:1 In the third moneth when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wildernesse of Sinai. Exodus 19:2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wildernesse, and there Israel camped before the mount.
God's message by Moses unto the people out of the mount.
Exodus 19:3 And Moses went vp vnto God: and the LORD called vnto him out of the mountaine, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Iacob, and tell the children of Israel: Exodus 19:4 Ye haue seene what I did vnto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on Eagles wings, and brought you vnto my selfe. Exodus 19:5 Now therfore if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keepe my couenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure vnto me aboue all people: for all the earth [is] mine. Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be vnto me a kingdome of Priestes, and an holy nation. These [are] the wordes which thou shalt speake vnto the children of Israel.
Exodus 19:7 And Moses came and called for the Elders of the people, and layd before their faces all these wordes which the LORD commanded him.
The people's answer returned again.
Exodus 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken, we will doe. And Moses returned the wordes of the people vnto the LORD. Exodus 19:9 And the LORD said vnto Moses, Loe, I come vnto thee in a thicke cloud, that the people may heare when I speake with thee, and beleeue thee for euer: And Moses told the wordes of the people vnto the LORD.
The people are prepared against the third day.
Exodus 19:10 And the LORD saide vnto Moses, Goe vnto the people, and sanctifie them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes. Exodus 19:11 And be ready against the thirde day: for the third day the LORD will come downe in the sight of all the people, vpon mount Sinai.
The mountain must not be touched.
Exodus 19:12 And thou shalt set bounds vnto the people round about, saying, Take heed to your selues, that ye goe not vp into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoeuer toucheth the mount, shall be surely put to death. Exodus 19:13 There shall not a hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned or shot thorow, whether it be beast, or man, it shall not liue: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come vp to the mount.
Exodus 19:14 And Moses went downe from the mount vnto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. Exodus 19:15 And hee said vnto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wiues.
The fearful presence of God upon the mount.
Exodus 19:16 And it came to passe on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thicke cloud vpon the mount, and the voyce of the trumpet exceeding lowd, so that all the people that was in the campe, trembled. Exodus 19:17 And Moses brought foorth the people out of the campe to meete with God, and they stood at the nether part of the mount. Exodus 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended vpon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. Exodus 19:19 And when the voyce of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed lowder and lowder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voyce. Exodus 19:20 And the LORD came downe vpon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses [vp] to the top of the mount, and Moses went vp. Exodus 19:21 And the LORD said vnto Moses, Goe downe, charge the people, lest they breake thorow vnto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. Exodus 19:22 And let the Priestes also which come neere to the LORD, sanctifie themselues, lest the LORD breake foorth vpon them. Exodus 19:23 And Moses said vnto the LORD, The people cannot come vp to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst vs, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctifie it. Exodus 19:24 And the LORD said vnto him, Away, get thee downe, and thou shalt come vp, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the Priestes and the people breake through, to come vp vnto the LORD, lest hee breake foorth vpon them. Exodus 19:25 So Moses went downe vnto the people, and spake vnto them.