18:1And Jethro priest of Midian, father-in-law of Moses, heareth all that God hath done for Moses, and for Israel his people, that Jehovah hath brought out Israel from Egypt,
18:2and Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, taketh Zipporah, wife of Moses, besides her parents,
18:3and her two sons, of whom the name of the one is Gershom, for he said, `a sojourner I have been in a strange land:'
18:4and the name of the other is Eliezer, for, `the God of my father is for my help, and doth deliver me from the sword of Pharaoh.'
18:5And Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, cometh, and his sons, and his wife, unto Moses, unto the wilderness where he is encamping -- the mount of God;
18:6and he saith unto Moses, `I, thy father-in-law, Jethro, am coming unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.'
18:7And Moses goeth out to meet his father-in-law, and boweth himself, and kisseth him, and they ask one at another of welfare, and come into the tent;
18:8and Moses recounteth to his father-in-law all that Jehovah hath done to Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians, on account of Israel, all the travail which hath found them in the way, and Jehovah doth deliver them.
18:9And Jethro rejoiceth for all the good which Jehovah hath done to Israel, whom He hath delivered from the hand of the Egyptians;
18:10and Jethro saith, `Blessed is Jehovah, who hath delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians, and from the hand of Pharaoh -- who hath delivered this people from under the hand of the Egyptians;
18:11now I have known that Jehovah is greater than all the gods, for in the thing they have acted proudly -- He is above them!'
18:12And Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, taketh a burnt-offering and sacrifices for God; and Aaron cometh in, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with the father-in-law of Moses, before God.
18:13And it cometh to pass on the morrow, that Moses sitteth to judge the people, and the people stand before Moses, from the morning unto the evening;
18:14and the father-in-law of Moses seeth all that he is doing to the people, and saith, `What is this thing which thou art doing to the people? wherefore art thou sitting by thyself, and all the people standing by thee from morning till evening?'
18:15And Moses saith to his father-in-law, `Because the people come unto me to seek God;
18:16when they have a matter, it hath come unto me, and I have judged between a man and his neighbour, and made known the statutes of God, and His laws.'
18:17And the father-in-law of Moses saith unto him, `The thing which thou art doing is not good;
18:18thou dost surely wear away, both thou, and this people which is with thee, for the thing is too heavy for thee, thou art not able to do it by thyself.
18:19`Now, hearken to my voice, I counsel thee, and God is with thee: be thou for the people over-against God, and thou hast brought in the things unto God;
18:20and thou hast warned them concerning the statutes and the laws, and hast made known to them the way in which they go, and the work which they do.
18:21`And thou -- thou dost provide out of all the people men of ability, fearing God, men of truth, hating dishonest gain, and hast placed these over them, heads of thousands, heads of hundreds, heads of fifties, and heads of tens,
18:22and they have judged the people at all times; and it hath come to pass, every great matter they bring in unto thee, and every small matter they judge themselves; and lighten it from off thyself, and they have borne with thee.
18:23If thou dost this thing, and God hath commanded thee, then thou hast been able to stand, and all this people also goeth in unto its place in peace.'
18:24And Moses hearkeneth to the voice of his father-in-law, and doth all that he said,
18:25and Moses chooseth men of ability out of all Israel, and maketh them chiefs over the people, heads of thousands, heads of hundreds, heads of fifties, and heads of tens,
18:26and they have judged the people at all times; the hard matter they bring in unto Moses, and every small matter they judge themselves.
18:27And Moses sendeth his father-in-law away, and he goeth away unto his own land.
19:1In the third month of the going out of the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, in this day they have come into the wilderness of Sinai,
19:2and they journey from Rephidim, and enter the wilderness of Sinai, and encamp in the wilderness; and Israel encampeth there before the mount.
19:3And Moses hath gone up unto God, and Jehovah calleth unto him out of the mount, saying, `Thus dost thou say to the house of Jacob, and declare to the sons of Israel,
19:4Ye -- ye have seen that which I have done to the Egyptians, and I bear you on eagles' wings, and bring you in unto Myself.
19:5`And now, if ye really hearken to My voice, then ye have kept My covenant, and been to Me a peculiar treasure more than all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;
19:6and ye -- ye are to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation: these are the words which thou dost speak unto the sons of Israel.'
19:7And Moses cometh, and calleth for the elders of the people, and setteth before them all these words which Jehovah hath commanded him;
19:8and all the people answer together and say, `All that Jehovah hath spoken we do;' and Moses returneth the words of the people unto Jehovah.
19:9And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Lo, I am coming unto thee in the thickness of the cloud, so that the people hear in My speaking with thee, and also believe in thee to the age;' and Moses declareth the words of the people unto Jehovah.
19:10And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Go unto the people; and thou hast sanctified them to-day and to-morrow, and they have washed their garments,
19:11and have been prepared for the third day; for on the third day doth Jehovah come down before the eyes of all the people, on mount Sinai.
19:12`And thou hast made a border for the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, going up into the mount, or coming against its extremity; whoever is coming against the mount is certainly put to death;
19:13a hand cometh not against him, for he is certainly stoned or shot through, whether beast or man it liveth not; in the drawing out of the jubilee cornet they go up into the mount.'
19:14And Moses cometh down from the mount unto the people, and sanctifieth the people, and they wash their garments;
19:15and he saith unto the people, `Be ye prepared for the third day, come not nigh unto a woman.'
19:16And it cometh to pass, on the third day, while it is morning, that there are voices, and lightnings, and a heavy cloud, on the mount, and the sound of a trumpet very strong; and all the people who are in the camp do tremble.
19:17And Moses bringeth out the people to meet God from the camp, and they station themselves at the lower part of the mount,
19:18and mount Sinai is wholly a smoke from the presence of Jehovah, who hath come down on it in fire, and its smoke goeth up as smoke of the furnace, and the whole mount trembleth exceedingly;
19:19and the sound of the trumpet is going on, and very strong; Moses speaketh, and God doth answer him with a voice.
19:20And Jehovah cometh down on mount Sinai, unto the top of the mount, and Jehovah calleth for Moses unto the top of the mount, and Moses goeth up.
19:21And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Go down, protest to the people, lest they break through unto Jehovah to see, and many of them have fallen;
19:22and also the priests who are coming nigh unto Jehovah do sanctify themselves, lest Jehovah break forth on them.'
19:23And Moses saith unto Jehovah, `The people is unable to come up unto mount Sinai, for Thou -- Thou hast protested to us, saying, Make a border for the mount, then thou hast sanctified it.'
19:24And Jehovah saith unto him, `Go, descend, then thou hast come up, thou, and Aaron with thee; and the priests and the people do not break through, to come up unto Jehovah, lest He break forth upon them.'
19:25And Moses goeth down unto the people, and saith unto them: --
20:1`And God speaketh all these words, saying,
20:2I am Jehovah thy God, who hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of a house of servants.
20:3`Thou hast no other Gods before Me.
20:4`Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image, or any likeness which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth.
20:5Thou dost not bow thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, Jehovah thy God, am a zealous God, charging iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third generation, and on the fourth, of those hating Me,
20:6and doing kindness to thousands, of those loving Me and keeping My commands.
20:7`Thou dost not take up the name of Jehovah thy God for a vain thing, for Jehovah acquitteth not him who taketh up His name for a vain thing.
20:8`Remember the Sabbath-day to sanctify it;
20:9six days thou dost labour, and hast done all thy work,
20:10and the seventh day is a Sabbath to Jehovah thy God; thou dost not do any work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy handmaid, and thy cattle, and thy sojourner who is within thy gates, --
20:11for six days hath Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and resteth in the seventh day; therefore hath Jehovah blessed the Sabbath-day, and doth sanctify it.
20:12`Honour thy father and thy mother, so that thy days are prolonged on the ground which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee.
20:13`Thou dost not murder.
20:14`Thou dost not commit adultery.
20:15`Thou dost not steal.
20:16`Thou dost not answer against thy neighbour a false testimony.
20:17`Thou dost not desire the house of thy neighbour, thou dost not desire the wife of thy neighbour, or his man-servant, or his handmaid, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which is thy neighbour's.'
20:18And all the people are seeing the voices, and the flames, and the sound of the trumpet, and the mount smoking; and the people see, and move, and stand afar off,
20:19and say unto Moses, `Speak thou with us, and we hear, and let not God speak with us, lest we die.'
20:20And Moses saith unto the people, `Fear not, for to try you hath God come, and in order that His fear may be before your faces -- that ye sin not.'
20:21And the people stand afar off, and Moses hath drawn nigh unto the thick darkness where God is.
20:22And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Thus dost thou say unto the sons of Israel: Ye -- ye have seen that from the heavens I have spoken with you;
20:23ye do not make with Me gods of silver, even gods of gold ye do not make to yourselves.
20:24`An altar of earth thou dost make for Me, and thou hast sacrificed on it thy burnt-offerings and thy peace-offerings, thy flock and thy herd; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered I come in unto thee, and have blessed thee.
20:25`And if an altar of stones thou dost make to Me, thou dost not build them of hewn work; when thy tool thou hast waved over it, then thou dost pollute it;
20:26neither dost thou go up by steps on Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not revealed upon it.