Bible: Ex 24


The Lord Ratifies the Covenant


But to Moses the Lord 2  said, “Come up 3  to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from a distance. 4  24:2 Moses alone may come 5  near the Lord, but the others 6  must not come near, 7  nor may the people go up with him.”

24:3 Moses came 8  and told the people all the Lord’s words 9  and all the decisions. All the people answered together, 10 We are willing to do 11  all the words that the Lord has said,” 24:4 and Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Early in the morning he built 12  an altar at the foot 13  of the mountain and arranged 14  twelve standing stones 15 according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 24:5 He sent young Israelite men, 16  and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls for peace offerings 17  to the Lord. 24:6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and half of the blood he splashed on the altar. 18  24:7 He took the Book of the Covenant 19  and read it aloud 20  to the people, and they said, “We are willing to do and obey 21  all that the Lord has spoken.” 24:8 So Moses took the blood and splashed it on 22  the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant 23  that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

24:9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up, 24  24:10 and they saw 25  the God of Israel. Under his feet 26  there was something like a pavement 27  made of sapphire, clear like the sky itself. 28  24:11 But he did not lay a hand 29  on the leaders of the Israelites, so they saw God, 30  and they ate and they drank. 31 

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The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me to the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets 33  with 34  the law and the commandments that I have written, so that you may teach them.” 35  24:13 So Moses set out 36  with 37  Joshua his attendant, and Moses went up the mountain of God. 24:14 He told the elders, “Wait for us in this place until we return to you. Here are 38  Aaron and Hur with you. Whoever has any matters of dispute 39  can approach 40  them.”

24:15 Moses went up the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 24:16 The glory of the Lord resided 41  on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. 42  On the seventh day he called to Moses from within the cloud. 24:17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in plain view 43  of the people. 24:18 Moses went into the cloud when he went up 44  the mountain, and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. 45 

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