Exodus 24

VIN(i) 1 The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship at a distance. 2 And Moses alone will come near to the LORD, and they will not come near, and the people will not go up with him." 3 Then Moses came and put before the people all the words of the Lord and his laws: and all the people, answering with one voice, said, Whatever the Lord has said we will do. 4 Moses wrote down all the LORD’s words. Early the next morning he built an altar at the foot of the mountain. He erected twelve sacred stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 He sent young Israelite men to offer up burnt offerings and sacrifice bulls as peace offerings to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. 7 He took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do and obey." 8 And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and he said, "Look, the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words." 9 Then went Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and the seventy elders of Israel up, 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, and as clear as the sky. 11 But he did not lay his hand upon the princes of the sons of Israel, and they saw God and ate and drank. 12 The LORD 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." 13 Moses got up with Joshua his servant, and went up on the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, "Wait here for us, until we come again to you. Look, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever is involved in a dispute can go to them." 15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it. 16 The glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. Then on the seventh day he called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain. He was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.