The people come to Sinai.
Exodus 19:1 The thyrd moneth after the children of Israel were gone out of Egipt: the same daye they came into the wildernesse of Sinai. Exodus 19:2 For they were departed from Raphidim, & were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched their tentes in the wildernesse. And there Israell pitched before the mounte.
God's message by Moses unto the people out of the mount.
Exodus 19:3 And Moses went vp vnto God. And the Lorde called to hym out of the mountayn, sayinge: thus saye vnto the house of Iacob, & tell the chyldren of Israel: Exodus 19:4 ye haue sene what I dyd vnto the Egipcians & how I toke you vp vpon Egles wynges, & haue brought you vnto my self. Exodus 19:5 Now therefore if ye will heare my voyce & kepe myne apoyntement: ye shall be myne owne aboue al nacions, for all þe erth is myne. Exodus 19:6 Ye shalbe vnto me a kyngdome of priestes & an holy people: these are þe wordes which þu shalt say vnto the children of Israel.
Exodus 19:7 And Moses came & called for the elders of Israel, & layde before them all these wordes which the Lord had commaunded hym.
The people's answer returned again.
Exodus 19:8 And the people aunswered altogether and sayde: All that the Lorde hath sayde, we will do. And Moses brought the wordes of the people vnto the Lorde. Exodus 19:9 And the Lord sayde vnto Moses: Lo, I will come vnto the in a thycke cloude, that the people maye heare when I talke with the, and also 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 And the Lord sayde vnto Moses: Go vnto the people & sanctifye them to daye & to morow, & let them washe their clothes: Exodus 19:11 that they waye be redy agaynste the thyrde daye. For the thyrd day the Lord will come doune in the sighte of all the people vppon mounte Synai.
The mountain must not be touched.
Exodus 19:12 And set markes rounde aboute the people & saye: beware that ye go not vp into the mounte, & that ye touche not the borders of it, for whosoeuer toucheth the mounte, shall surely dye. Exodus 19:13 There shall not an hande touch it, but that he shall eyther be stoned or els that thorow: whether it be beast or man, it shall not lyue, when the horne bloweth: than let them come vp into the mountayn.
Exodus 19:14 And Moses went doune from the mount vnto the people and sanctified them, & they wasshed their clothes: Exodus 19:15 And he sayde vnto the people: be redye against the thyrde daye, & se that ye come not at youre wyues.
The fearful presence of God upon the mount.
Exodus 19:16 And the thyrde daye in the mornyng there was thunder, & lightening & a thicke cloude vpon the mounte, & the voice of the horne waxed exceadynge loude, & all the people that was in the hoste was afrayed. Exodus 19:17 And Moses brought the people out of the tentes to mete with God, & they stode vnder the hyll. Exodus 19:18 And mounte Sinai was altogether on a smoke: because the Lorde descended doune vpon it in fyre. And the smoke therof ascended vp, as it had bene the smoke of a kylle, & all the mount was exceadyng fearfull. Exodus 19:19 And the voyce of the horne blewe & waxed louder & louder. Moses spake, & God aunswered hym and that with a voyce. Exodus 19:20 And the Lorde came doune vpon mounte Sinai, euen in the toppe of the hyll, and called Moyses vp into the toppe of the hyll. And Moyses went vp. Exodus 19:21 And the Lord sayd vnto Moses: go doune & charge the people that they prease not vp vnto the Lorde for to se hym, & so many of them perish. Exodus 19:22 And let þe priestes also which come to the Lordes presence sanctifye them selfes: lest the Lord smyte them. Exodus 19:23 Then Moses sayd vnto the Lord: the people can not come vp into the mounte Sinai, for thou chargedest vs saying: set markes about the hyll, & sanctifie it. Exodus 19:24 And the Lorde sayde vnto hym: awaye, & get the doune: & come vp both thou & Aaron with the. But let not the priestes & the people presume for to come vp vnto the Lorde: lest he smyte them. Exodus 19:25 And Moyses went donne vnto the people, and tolde them.