The third month after the children of Israel were gone out of Egypt: the same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Raphidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai and had pitched their tents in the wilderness. And there Israel pitched before the mount. And Moses went up unto God. And the Lord called to him out of the mountain saying: thus say unto the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians and how I took you up upon eagles wings, and have brought you unto myself. Now therefore if ye will hear my voice and keep mine appointment: ye shall be mine own above all nations, for all the earth is mine. Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and an holy people: these are the words which thou shalt say unto the children of Israel.
And Moses came and called for the elders of Israel, and laid before them all these words which the Lord had commanded him. And the people answered all together and said: All that the Lord hath said, we will do. And Moses brought the words of the people unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Moses: Lo, I will come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I talk with thee, and also believe thee for ever. And Moses showed the words of the people unto the Lord.
And the Lord said unto Moses: Go unto the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes: that they may be ready against the third day. For the third day will the Lord come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And set marks round about the people and say: beware that ye go not up into the mount, and that ye touch not the borders of it, for whosoever toucheth the mount, shall surely die. There shall not an hand touch it, but that he shall either be stoned or else shot through: whether it be beast or man, it shall not live, when the horn bloweth: then let them come up in to the mountain.
And Moses went down from the mount unto the people and sanctified them, and they washed their clothes: And he said unto the people: be ready against the third day, and see that ye come not at your wives. And the third day in the morning there was thunder, and lighting and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the horn waxed exceeding loud, and all the people that was in the host was afraid. And Moses brought the people out of the tents to meet with God, and they stood under the hill.
And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke: because the Lord descended down upon it in fire. And the smoke thereof ascended up, as it had been the smoke of a kiln, and all the mount was exceeding fearful. And the voice of the horn blew and waxed louder, and louder. Moses spake, and God answered him and that with a voice. And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, even in the top of the hill, and called Moses up into the top of the hill. And Moses went up.
And the Lord said unto Moses: go down and charge the people that they press not up unto the Lord for to see him, and so many of them perish. And let the priests also which come to the Lords presence, sanctify themselves: lest the Lord smite them. Then Moses said unto the Lord: the people cannot come up in to mount Sinai, for thou chargedest us saying: set marks about the hill and sanctify it. And the Lord said unto him: away, and get thee down: and come up both thou and Aaron with thee. But let not the Priests and the people presume for to come up unto the Lord: lest he smite them. And Moses went down unto the people and told them.