1 In the third month after the children of Israel were gone
forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of
2 And when they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to
the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel
encamped before the mount.
3 And Moses went up unto G-d, and HaShem called unto him out
of the mountain, saying: 'Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell
the children of Israel:
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore
you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto Myself.
5 Now therefore, if ye will hearken unto My voice indeed, and
keep My covenant, then ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples; for
all the earth is Mine;
6 and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy
nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.'
7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and
set before them all these words which HaShem commanded him.
8 And all the people answered together, and said: 'All that
HaShem hath spoken we will do.' And Moses reported the words of the people unto
9 And HaShem said unto Moses: 'Lo, I come unto thee in a
thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and may also
believe thee for ever.' And Moses told the words of the people unto HaShem.
10 And HaShem said unto Moses: 'Go unto the people, and
sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments,
11 and be ready against the third day; for the third day
HaShem will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about,
saying: Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the
border of it; whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death;
13 no hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned, or
shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live; when the ram's horn
soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.'
14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and
sanctified the people; and they washed their garments.
15 And he said unto the people: 'Be ready against the third
day; come not near a woman.'
16 And it came to pass on the
third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings and a
thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of a horn exceeding loud; and all the
people that were in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet
G-d; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.
18 Now mount Sinai was altogether on smoke, because HaShem
descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a
furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
19 And when the voice of the horn waxed louder and louder,
Moses spoke, and G-d answered him by a voice.
20 And HaShem came down upon mount Sinai, to the top of the
mount; and HaShem called Moses to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.
21 And HaShem said unto Moses: 'Go down, charge the people,
lest they break through unto HaShem to gaze, and many of them perish.
22 And let the priests also, that come near to HaShem,
sanctify themselves, lest HaShem break forth upon them.'
23 And Moses said unto HaShem: 'The people cannot come up to
mount Sinai; for thou didst charge us, saying: Set bounds about the mount, and
24 And HaShem said unto him: 'Go, get thee down, and thou
shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee; but let not the priests and the people
break through to come up unto HaShem, lest He break forth upon them.'
25 So Moses went down unto the people, and told them.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved