The people come to Sinai.
Exodus 19:1 In the third month, by the coming forth of the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt, on this day, came they into the desert of Sinai: Exodus 19:2 then was it that they brake up out of Rephidim, and came into the desert of Sinai, and encamped in the desert,yea Israel encamped there, before the mountain.
God's message by Moses unto the people out of the mount.
Exodus 19:3 And, when, Moses, had gone up unto God, then called Yahweh unto him, out of the mountain, saying, Thus, shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, And tell the sons of Israel: Exodus 19:4 Ye, have seen, what, I did unto the Egyptians,And how I bare you upon wings of eagles, And brought you in, unto myself: Exodus 19:5 Now, therefore, if ye will, indeed hearken, to my voice, And keep my covenant, Then shall ye be mine, as a treasure beyond all the peoples, For, mine, is all the earth; Exodus 19:6 But, ye, shall be mine, As a kingdom of priests, And a holy nation. These, are the words, which thou shalt speak unto the sons of Israel.
Exodus 19:7 Then came Moses, and called for the elders of the people,and put before them all these words, which Yahweh had commanded him.
The people's answer returned again.
Exodus 19:8 And all the people responded together, and said, All that Yahweh hath spoken, will we do. And Moses took back the words of the people, unto Yahweh. Exodus 19:9 Then said Yahweh unto Moses: Lo! I, am coming unto thee in the veiling of cloud, in order that the people may hear when I speak with thee, moreover also, that, in thee, they may trust to times age-abiding. Then told Moses the words of the people, unto Yahweh.
The people are prepared against the third day.
Exodus 19:10 And Yahweh said unto MosesGo unto the people, and thou shalt hallow them today, and tomorrow,and they shall wash their clothes; Exodus 19:11 and shall be ready, by the third day,for, on the third day, will Yahweh come down in the sight of all the people, upon Mount Sinai.
The mountain must not be touched.
Exodus 19:12 So then thou shalt set bounds for the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselvesthat ye go not up into the mountain, nor touch the boundary thereof, whosoever toucheth the mountain, shall, surely die. Exodus 19:13 No hand shall touch it, but he shall be, surely stoned, or be, surely shot, whether, beast or man, he shall not live,When the ram's horn soundeth, they themselves, shall come up within the mount.
Exodus 19:14 Then Moses went down out of the mount, unto the people,and hallowed the people, and they washed their clothes. Exodus 19:15 And he said unto the people, Be ready, by the third day,do not approach a woman.
The fearful presence of God upon the mount.
Exodus 19:16 And it came to pass, on the third day, when the morning had come, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a heavy cloud upon the mount, and the sound of a horn, loud exceedingly,and all the people who were in the camp trembled. Exodus 19:17 And Moses brought forth the people, to meet God, out of the camp,and they stationed themselves in the lower part of the mount. Exodus 19:18 And, Mount Sinai, smoked, all over, because Yahweh had come down thereon, in fire,and the smoke thereof went up as the smoke of a furnace, and all the mountain trembled exceedingly. Exodus 19:19 And, as oft as the sound of the horn went on and became exceeding loud, Moses, spake and, God, responded to him with a voice. Exodus 19:20 Thus came Yahweh down upon Mount Sinai, unto the top of the mount,and Yahweh called Moses unto the top of the mount, and Moses, went up. Exodus 19:21 Then said Yahweh unto Moses, Go down, adjure the people,lest they press through unto Yahweh, to see, and so there fall from among them a multitude. Exodus 19:22 Yea, even the priests who do approach unto Yahweh, must hallow themselves,lest Yahweh break in upon them. Exodus 19:23 And Moses said unto Yahweh, The people cannot come up into Mount Sinai,for, thou thyself, hast adjured us, saying: Set bounds to the mountain and hallow it. Exodus 19:24 And Yahweh said unto himAway, down! then shalt thou come up, thou and Aaron with thee,but, as for the priests and the people, let it not be that they press through to come up unto Yahweh, lest he break in upon them. Exodus 19:25 So Moses went down unto the people,and said [these things] unto them.