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Exodus 19

The people come to Sinai.

Exodus 19:1 In the thirde moneth after that the children of Israel were gone out of the londe of Egipte, they came the same daye in to the wyldernes of Sinai Exodus 19:2 (for they were departed from Raphidim, and wolde in to the wyldernes of Sinai) and there they pitched in the wyldernes ouer against the mounte.

God's message by Moses unto the people out of the mount.

Exodus 19:3 And Moses wente vp vnto God. And the LORDE called vnto him out of the mount, and sayde: Thus shalt thou saye vnto the house of Iacob, and tell the children of Israel: Exodus 19:4 Ye haue sene what I haue done vnto the Egipcians, and how I haue borne you vpon Aegles wynges, & brought you vnto my self. Exodus 19:5 Yf ye wyll harken now vnto my voyce, and kepe my couenaunt, ye shalbe myne owne before all people: for the whole earth is myne: Exodus 19:6 and ye shall be vnto me a presterly kingdome, and an holy people. These are the wordes that thou shalt saye vnto the children of Israel.

Exodus 19:7 Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and layed before them all these wordes, that the LORDE had commaunded.

The people's answer returned again.

Exodus 19:8 And all the people answered together, and sayde: All that the LORDE hath sayde, wyll we do. And Moses tolde the wordes of the people vnto the LORDE agayne. Exodus 19:9 And the LORDE sayde vnto Moses: Beholde, I wyll come vnto the in a thicke cloude, that the people maye heare my wordes, which I speake vnto the, and beleue the for euer. And Moses shewed the wordes of the people vnto the LORDE.

The people are prepared against the third day.

Exodus 19:10 The LORDE sayde vnto Moses: Go vnto the people, and sanctifie the to daye and tomorow, yt they maye wash their clothes, Exodus 19:11 and be ready agaynst the thirde daye: for vpon the thirde daye shall the LORDE come downe vpon mount Sinai before all the people.

The mountain must not be touched.

Exodus 19:12 And set markes rounde aboute the people, and saye vnto them: Bewarre, that ye go not vp in to ye mount, ner touch ye border of it. For whosoeuer toucheth ye mout, shal dye ye death. Exodus 19:13 There shal no hade touch it, but he shall either be stoned, or shot thorow: whether it be beest or man, it shal not lyue. Whan the horne bleweth, then shal they come vp vnto the mounte.

Exodus 19:14 Moses wente downe from the mount vnto the people, and sanctified them. And they wasshed their clothes. Exodus 19:15 And he sayde vnto them: Be ready agaynst the thirde daye, and no man come at his wife.

The fearful presence of God upon the mount.

Exodus 19:16 Now whan the thirde daye came (and it was early) it beganne to thonder and lighten, and there was a thicke cloude vpon the mount, and a noyse of a trompet exceadinge mightie. And the people that were in the tentes, were afrayde. Exodus 19:17 And Moses brought the people out of the tentes to mete wt God, and they stode vnder the mount. Exodus 19:18 But all mount Sinai smoked, because ye LORDE came downe vpo it with fyre. And the smoke therof wente vp as the smoke of a fornace, so that the whole mount was exceadinge terrible. Exodus 19:19 And the noyse of the trompet wete out, and was mightie. Moses spake, & God answered him loude. Exodus 19:20 Now whan the LORDE was come downe vpon mount Sinai, euen vpon the toppe of it, he called Moses vp vnto ye toppe of the mount. And Moses wente vp. Exodus 19:21 Then sayde the LORDE vnto him: Go downe, and charge the people, yt they preasse not vnto the LORDE to se him, and so many of them perishe. Exodus 19:22 The rulers also that come nye vnto ye LORDE, shal sanctifie themselues, lest the LORDE smyte the. Exodus 19:23 But Moses sayde vnto the LORDE: The people cannot come vp vpon mount Sinai, for thou hast charged vs, & sayde: Set markes aboute the mount, and sanctifie it. Exodus 19:24 The LORDE sayde vnto him: Go thy waye, get ye downe. Thou and Aaron with the shalt come vp: but the rulers and ye people shal not preasse to come vp vnto ye LORDE, lest he smyte the. Exodus 19:25 And Moses wente downe to the people, and tolde them.

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