24 And to Moses he said: “Go up to Jehovah, you and Aaron, Naʹdab and A·biʹhu+ and seventy+ of the older men of Israel, and YOU must bow down* from a distance. 2 And Moses by himself must approach Jehovah; but they should not approach, and the people should not go up with him.”+ 3 Then Moses came and related to the people all the words of Jehovah and all the judicial decisions,+ and all the people answered with one voice and said: “All the words that Jehovah has spoken we are willing to do.”+ 4 Accordingly Moses wrote down all the words of Jehovah.+ Then he got up early in the morning and built at the foot of the mountain an altar and twelve pillars corresponding with the twelve tribes of Israel.+ 5 After that he sent young men of the sons of Israel and they offered up burnt offerings and sacrificed bulls as sacrifices, as communion+ sacrifices to Jehovah. 6 Then Moses took half the blood and put it in bowls,+ and half the blood he sprinkled upon the altar.+ 7 Finally he took the book of the covenant*+ and read it in the ears of the people.+ Then they said: “All that Jehovah has spoken we are willing to do and be obedient.”+ 8 So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people+ and said: “Here is the blood of the covenant+ that Jehovah has concluded with YOU as respects all these words.” 9 And Moses and Aaron, Naʹdab and A·biʹhu and seventy of the older men of Israel proceeded to go up, 10 and they got to see the God of Israel.+ And under his feet there was what seemed like a work of sapphire flagstones and like the very heavens for purity.+ 11 And he did not put out his hand against the distinguished men of the sons of Israel,+ but they got a vision of the [true] God+ and ate and drank.+ 12 Jehovah now said to Moses: “Come up to me in the mountain and stay there, as I want to give you the stone tablets and the law and the commandment that I must write in order to teach them.”+ 13 So Moses and Joshua* his minister* got up and Moses went up into the mountain of the [true] God.+ 14 But to the older men he had said: “YOU wait for us in this place until we return to YOU.+ And, look! Aaron and Hur+ are with YOU. Whoever has a case at law,* let him approach them.”+ 15 Thus Moses went up into the mountain while the cloud was covering the mountain.+ 16 And Jehovah’s glory+ continued to reside* upon Mount Siʹnai,+ and the cloud continued to cover it for six days. At length on the seventh day he called to Moses from the midst of the cloud.+ 17 And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the sight of Jehovah’s glory was like a devouring fire+ on the mountaintop. 18 Then Moses entered into the midst of the cloud and went on up the mountain.+ And Moses continued in the mountain forty days and forty nights.+
^ Or, “you must worship.”
^ “His minister (attendant; waiter; servant).” Heb., meshor·thohʹ; Lat., mi·niʹster.
^ Lit., “Whoever is an owner of words,” that is, a litigant or controversialist.
^ Or, “to extend like a tent.”