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Exodus 34:1-35

34  And Jehovah said to Moses “Carve yourself two stone tablets like the original ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the original tablets that you broke; 2  and be ready for morning, and come up in the morning on Mount Sinai and stand there for me on top of the mountain. 3*  And nobody is to come up with you, nor anybody show himself anywhere on the mountain, nor the sheep and cattle feed on the side toward the mountain either.” 4  And Moses carved two stone tablets like the original ones, and the first thing in the morning he went up on Mount Sinai as Jehovah had commanded him to, and took the two stone tablets. 5  And Jehovah came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed the name of Jehovah; 6*  and Jehovah passed by before him, and Jehovah proclaimed “Jehovah is a deity tenderhearted and kindly, patient and very friendly and loyal, 7*  keeping friendship for thousands, pardoning guilt and crime and sin but not acquitting an offender, visiting fathers’ guilt on children and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.” 8  And Moses quickly bowed down to the ground and did reverence, 9  and said “If I have your goodwill, my Lord, let my Lord go among us, because it is a hard-necked people but you will forgive our guilt and sin and have us for your own.” 10  And he said “Here I make a covenant: before the face of all your people I will do wonders that had never been created anywhere on earth nor in any nation, and all the people among whom you are shall see Jehovah’s work to be terrible, that I do together with you. 11  Keep what I command you today: here I am expelling before you the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Hivvites and the Jebusites; 12  beware that you do not make terms with the inhabitants of the country you are going in against, lest they should be a snare among you; 13  but you shall pull down their altars and break up their obelisks and cut down their asherahs, 14  because you are not to do reverence to another deity, for Jehovah’s name is Jealous; he is a jealous deity, 15  that you may not make terms with the inhabitants of the country, and they prostitute themselves to go after their gods, and sacrifice to their gods, and they invite you and you eat some of their sacrifice, 16  and you marry your sons to daughters of theirs and their daughters prostitute themselves to go after their gods and seduce your sons into going after their gods. 17  You shall not make yourself metal gods. 18*  The feast of matzoth you shall keep: seven days you shall eat matzoth, as I commanded you, at the regular date in the green-ear month, because in the green-ear month you came out of Egypt. 19*  Everyone that has started a womb belongs to me: of all your stock you shall sacrifice the male that starts, horned cattle and small cattle; 20*  and a donkey that has started a womb you shall redeem with a sheep or goat, or if you do not redeem it you shall break its neck; every firstborn son of yours you shall redeem, and they shall not appear before me empty-handed. 21  Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall keep sabbath; in plowing and in harvest you shall keep sabbath. 22  And you shall celebrate the feast of weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of harvest-home at the turn of the year. 23*  Three times a year every male of yours shall appear before the Lord Jehovah the God of Israel; 24*  for I will dispossess nations before you and widen your territories, and nobody shall desire your land when you go up to appear before your God Jehovah three times a year. 25  You shall not let the blood of my sacrifices run on yeast bread; nor shall the sacrifice of the passover feast stay over for morning. 26  The first of the earliest cuttings from your land you shall bring to the house of your God Jehovah. You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.” 27  And Jehovah said to Moses “Write down these words, because on these terms I make a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28  And he was there with Jehovah forty days and forty nights, not eating bread nor drinking water; and he wrote on the tablets the terms of the covenant, the Ten Things. 29**  And when Moses came down from Mount Sinai, Moses had the two tablets in his hands as he came down from the mountain, and Moses did not know that the skin of his face was luminous by his talking with him. 30  And Aaron and all the elders of Israel saw Moses and saw that the skin of his face was luminous, and were afraid to approach him. 31  And Moses called them, and Aaron and all the princes of the congregation came back to him, and Moses spoke to them. 32  And after that all the sons of Israel approached and he gave them all the orders of which Jehovah had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33  And Moses finished talking with them and put a veil over his face. 34  And when Moses went in before Jehovah to speak with him he would take the veil off till he came out; and he would come out and speak to the sons of Israel, telling them what he was commanded to, 35  and the sons of Israel would see Moses’s face was luminous, and Moses would put the veil back on his face till he went in to speak with him.

Footnotes

34:3 Or and they are not to pasture the sheep and cattle
34:6 Or before him and proclaimed “Jehovah, Jehovah, a deity
34:7 Conj.* for the thousandth generation
34:18 Or date on the new moon of the green-ear month, because on the new moon of
34:19 Codd. and all your stock you shall male, the one that starts of
34:20 Conj.* see my face emptyhanded
34:23 Conj.* see the face of
34:24 Conj.* (or codd.) see your God Jehovah’s face
34:29 Var. had the two tablets of the Lessons in his hands
34:29, 30 (Luminous) Lit. radiant