0 SAB Exodus 19



Moses and God on Mount Sinai

1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

Three months after leaving Egypt, the Israelites camped out near Mount Sinai.

3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD 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 bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Moses went up to God, and God called to him from out of the mountain, saying,
Say this to the Israelites,
You saw what I did to the Egyptians.

If you obey me, I'll like you more than other people.

(I own the earth.) [1]

You'll be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

These are the words you are to say to the people.

7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.

8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Moses told the people what God told him to tell them.

All of the people said,

We will do whatever God says.

Moses told God what the people said.

9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.

God said to Moses,
I come to you in a thick cloud, so the people will hear me when I speak to you, and believe you forever.
Moses told the people what God said.

10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,

Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow.

Have them wash their clothes.

11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

And be ready for the third day, when I will come down in the sight of all the people on 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 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.

Tell the people not to get near the mountain.

Whoever touches it will be stoned or shot through, whether they be man or beast. [2]

14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.

15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.

After God finished talking, Moses came down the mountain, sanctified the people, made them wash their clothes, and said to them,
Be ready on the third day. And don't have sex with your wives. [3]

16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD 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 trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

On the third day a magical trumpet blared while God came down in smoke, fire, and earthquakes onto Mount Sinai.

Then Moses spoke and God answered him by a voice. [4]

20And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.

God came down upon mount Sinai, asked Moses to come up, and Moses went up. [5]

21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

22 And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them.

23 And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.

God said to Moses,
Go down and tell the people to stay away, lest they see me and die. [6]

24 And the LORD said unto him, Away, 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 the LORD, lest he break forth upon them.

Only you and Aaron can come up the mountain. (But not the priests and people -- or I'd have to kill them.)

25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.

So Moses went down to talk to the people.
VegetableEMPEROR5 months ago

Moses is already shown to be a weak patsy, a middleman, a "yes man" to God. God comes out of the sky to reach the top of Mount Sinai, then asks Moses to climb the mountain, which implies that Moses can hear God from where he stands at the foot of the mountain. Nevertheless, Moses climbs up, using his heavy hands, and finally reaches God. God utters some nonsense to Moses, then tells him to go back DOWN the mountain to tell the people.

I don't know about you, but if I can hear God perfectly fine at the foot of a mountain, God can tell me what to tell the people right there. No mountain climbing required. What a typical dick move by God, once again.


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