Sh'mot (Exodus) 19:1 - 20:23

 

Exodus 19:1 - 20:23


1 In the third month after the children of Yisra'ĕl had come out of the land of Mitsrayim, on this day they came to the Wilderness of Sinai.

2 For they departed from Rephiḏim, and had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Yisra'ĕl camped there before the mountain.

3 And Mosheh went up to Elohim, and יהוה called to him from the mountain, saying, "This is what you are to say to the house of Yaʽaqoḇ, and declare to the children of Yisra'ĕl:

4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Mitsrites, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.

5 ‘And now, if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My Covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples - for all the earth is Mine -

6 ‘and you shall be to Me a reign of kohenim and a qodesh nation.' Those are the words which you are to speak to the children of Yisra'ĕl."

7  And Mosheh came and called for the elders of the people, and put before them all these words which יהוה commanded him.

8 And all the people answered together and said, "All that יהוה has spoken we shall do." So Mosheh brought back the words of the people to יהוה.

9 And יהוה said to Mosheh, "See, I am coming to you in the thick cloud, so that the people hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever." And Mosheh reported the words of the people to יהוה.

10 And יהוה said to Mosheh, "Go to the people and qadosh them today and tomorrow. And they shall wash their garments,

11 and shall be prepared by the third day. For on the third day יהוה shall come down upon Mount Sinai before the eyes of all the people.

12  "And you shall make a border for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall certainly be put to death.

13 ‘Not a hand is to touch it, but he shall certainly be stoned or shot with an arrow, whether man or beast, he shall not live.' When the trumpet sounds long, let them come near the mountain."

14 And Mosheh came down from the mountain to the people and qadosh the people, and they washed their garments.

15 And he said to the people, "Be prepared by the third day. Do not come near a wife."

16 And it came to be, on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain. And the sound of the ram's horn was very loud, and all the people who were in the camp trembled.

17 And Mosheh brought the people out of the camp to meet with Elohim, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

18 And Mount Sinai was in smoke, all of it, because יהוה descended upon it in fire. And its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and all the mountain trembled exceedingly.

19  And when the blast of the ram's horn sounded long and became very strong, Mosheh spoke, and Elohim answered him by voice.

20 And יהוה came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And יהוה called Mosheh to the top of the mountain, and Mosheh went up.

21  And יהוה said to Mosheh, "Go down, warn the people, lest they break through unto יהוה to see, and many of them fall.

22 "And let the kohenim who come near יהוה qadosh themselves too, lest יהוה break out against them."

23 And Mosheh said to יהוה, "The people are not able to come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, ‘Make a border around the mountain and qadosh it.' "

24 And יהוה said to him, "Come, go down and then come up, you and Aharon with you. But do not let the kohenim and the people break through to come up to יהוה, lest He break out against them."

25 And Mosheh went down to the people and spoke to them.


Exodus 20


1 And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying,

2 "I am יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.

3 "You have no other mighty ones against My face.

4  "You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the shamayim above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,

5 you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the wickedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My Commands.

7  "You do not bring the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught.

8 "Remember the Shabbath day, to qadosh it.

9 "Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,

10 but the seventh day is a Shabbath of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work - you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.

11  "For in six days יהוה made the shamayim and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה baraḵ the Shabbath day and qadosh it.

12 "Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the soil which יהוה your Elohim is giving you.

13 "You do not murder.

14 "You do not commit adultery.

15 "You do not steal.

16 "You do not bear false witness against your neighbour.

17 "You do not covet your neighbour's house, you do not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbour."

18 And all the people saw the thunders, the lightning flashes, the sound of the ram's horn, and the mountain smoking. And the people saw it, and they trembled and stood at a distance,

19 and said to Mosheh, "You speak with us and we hear, but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die."

20 And Mosheh said to the people, "Do not fear, for Elohim has come to prove you, and in order that His reverence be before you, so that you do not sin."

21 So the people stood at a distance, but Mosheh drew near the dense cloud where Elohim was.

22 And יהוה said to Mosheh, "Say this to the children of Yisra'ĕl: ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from the shamayim.

23 ‘You do not make besides Me mighty ones of silver, and you do not make mighty ones of gold for yourselves.