1 Then he said to Moses,A “Come upB to the Lord,C
you and Aaron,D Nadab,E and Abihu,F
and seventyG of the eldersH of Israel,I and worshipJ at a distance.K
2 Moses aloneL shall come nearM the Lord; but the others shall not come near, and the peopleN shall not come up with him.”
3 Moses cameO and toldP the people allQ the wordsR of the Lord and all the ordinances;S
and all the people answeredT with oneU voice,V and said, “All the words that the Lord has spokenW we will do.”X
4 And Moses wroteY down all the words of the Lord. He rose earlyZ in the morning,AA and builtBB an altarCC at the footDD of the mountain,EE
and set up twelveFF pillars,GG corresponding to the twelve tribesHH of Israel. 5 He sentII young menJJ of the peopleKK of Israel,
who offeredLL burnt offeringsMM and sacrificedNN oxenOO as offeringsPP of well-beingQQ to the Lord.
6 Moses tookRR halfSS of the bloodTT and putUU it in basins,VV and half of the blood he dashedWW against the altar.
7 Then he took the bookXX of the covenant,YY and readZZ it in the hearingAAA of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”BBB
8 Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people, and said, “SeeCCC the blood of the covenant that the Lord has madeDDD with you in accordance with all these words.”
9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they sawEEE the GodFFF of Israel. UnderGGG his feetHHH
there was somethingIII like a pavementJJJ of sapphire stone,KKK
like the veryLLL heavenMMM for clearness.NNN
11 God did not layOOO his handPPP on the chief menQQQ of the peopleRRR of Israel; also they beheldSSS God, and they ateTTT and drank.UUU
12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will giveVVV you the tabletsWWW of stone,XXX with the lawYYY and the commandment,ZZZ which I have written for their instruction.”AAAA
13 So Moses set outBBBB with his assistantCCCC Joshua,DDDD and Moses went up into the mountain of God.
14 To the elders he had said, “WaitEEEE here for us, until we come to you again;FFFF forGGGG Aaron and HurHHHH are with you; whoeverIIII has a disputeJJJJ may goKKKK to them.”
15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloudLLLL coveredMMMM the mountain. 16 The gloryNNNN of the Lord
settledOOOO on MountPPPP Sinai,QQQQ
and the cloud covered it for sixRRRR days;SSSS on the seventhTTTT day he calledUUUU to Moses out ofVVVV the cloud.
17 Now the appearanceWWWW of the glory of the Lord was like a devouringXXXX fireYYYY on the topZZZZ of the mountain in the sightAAAAA of the peopleBBBBB of Israel.
18 Moses enteredCCCCC, DDDDD the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for fortyEEEEE days and forty nights.FFFFF
Image credit: “Ascent of the Lower Ranges of Mount Sinai” by Louis Haghe after David Roberts, 1849.