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The Covenant Ceremony

1He said to Moses, “Come up to Yahweh, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and 70 of the elders of Israel, and bow down in worship from a distance.
  2Moses alone, however, is to come near to Yahweh, but they are not to come near, nor are the people to go up Mount Sinai with him.”

3Then Moses went down and told the people all the words of Yahweh and all the ordinances. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that Yahweh has spoken will we do.”
  4Moses wrote all the words of Yahweh, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve standing-stones, for the twelve tribes of Israel.
  5He sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of young bulls to Yahweh.
  6And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
  7He took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the ears of the people. And they said, “All that Yahweh has spoken will we do, and be obedient.”

8Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, “Look! This is the blood of the covenant that Yahweh has made with you concerning all these words.”

9Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and 70 of the elders of Israel went up.
  10They saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was like a paved work of sapphire stone, like the skies for clearness.
  11Yet he did not lay his hand on the nobles of the children of Israel; they saw God, and ate and drank.

12Yahweh said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tables of stone with the law and the commands that I have written, that you may teach them.”

13Moses rose up with Joshua his servant, and Moses went up onto the mountain of God.
  14He said to the elders, “Wait here for us, until we come again to you. Behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever is involved in a dispute can go to them.”
  15And Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.
  16The glory of Yahweh settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. The seventh day he called to Moses out of the middle of the cloud.
  17The appearance of the glory of Yahweh was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the children of Israel.
  18Moses entered into the middle of the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights.

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