Moses Gets New Stone Tablets 34 1The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two more stone tablets like the first two, and I will write the same words on them that were on the first two stones which you broke. 2Be ready tomorrow morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Stand before me there on the top of the mountain. 3No one may come with you or even be seen any place on the mountain. Not even the flocks or herds may eat grass near that mountain.” 4So Moses cut two stone tablets like the first ones. Then early the next morning he went up Mount Sinai, just as the Lord had commanded him, carrying the two stone tablets with him. 5Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with Moses, and the Lord called out his name: the Lord. 6The Lord passed in front of Moses and said, “I am the Lord. The Lord is a God who shows mercy, who is kind, who doesn’t become angry quickly, who has great love and faithfulness 7and is kind to thousands of people. The Lord forgives people for evil, for sin, and for turning against him, but he does not forget to punish guilty people. He will punish not only the guilty people, but also their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren, and their great-great-grandchildren.” 8Then Moses quickly bowed to the ground and worshiped. 9He said, “Lord, if you are pleased with me, please go with us. I know that these are stubborn people, but forgive our evil and our sin. Take us as your own people.” 10Then the Lord said, “I am making this agreement with you. I will do miracles in front of all your people— things that have never before been done for any other nation on earth— and the people with you will see my work. I, the Lord, will do wonderful things for you. 11Obey the things I command you today, and I will force out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites ahead of you. 12Be careful that you don’t make an agreement with the people who live in the land where you are going, because it will bring you trouble. 13Destroy their altars, break their stone pillars, and cut down their Asherah idols. 14Don’t worship any other god, because I, the Lord, the Jealous One, am a jealous God. 15“Be careful that you don’t make an agreement with the people who live in that land. When they worship their gods, they will invite you to join them. Then you will eat their sacrifices. 16If you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters worship gods, they will lead your sons to do the same thing. 17“Do not make gods of melted metal. 18“Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you must eat bread made without yeast as I commanded you. Do this during the month I have chosen, the month of Abib, because in that month you came out of Egypt. 19“The firstborn of every mother belongs to me, including every firstborn male animal that is born in your flocks and herds. 20You may buy back a donkey by paying for it with a lamb, but if you don’t want to buy back a donkey, you must break its neck. You must buy back all your firstborn sons. “No one is to come before me without a gift. 21“You must work for six days, but on the seventh day you must rest— even during the planting season and the harvest season. 22“Celebrate the Feast of Weeks when you gather the first grain of the wheat harvest. And celebrate the Feast of Shelters in the fall. 23“Three times each year all your males must come before the Lord God, the God of Israel. 24I will force out nations ahead of you and expand the borders of your land. You will go before the Lord your God three times each year, and at that time no one will try to take your land from you. 25“Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me with anything containing yeast, and do not leave any of the sacrifice of the Feast of Passover until the next morning. 26“Bring the best first crops that you harvest from your ground to the Tent of the Lord your God. “You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.” 27Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, because with these words I have made an agreement with you and Israel.” 28Moses stayed there with the Lord forty days and forty nights, and during that time he did not eat food or drink water. And Moses wrote the words of the Agreement— the Ten Commandments— on the stone tablets. The Face of Moses Shines 29Then Moses came down from Mount Sinai, carrying the two stone tablets of the Agreement in his hands. But he did not know that his face was shining because he had talked with the Lord. 30When Aaron and all the people of Israel saw that Moses’ face was shining, they were afraid to go near him. 31But Moses called to them, so Aaron and all the leaders of the people returned to Moses, and he talked with them. 32After that, all the people of Israel came near him, and he gave them all the commands that the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses finished speaking to the people, he put a covering over his face. 34Anytime Moses went before the Lord to speak with him, Moses took off the covering until he came out. Then Moses would come out and tell the Israelites what the Lord had commanded. 35They would see that Moses’ face was shining. So he would cover his face again until the next time he went in to speak with the Lord.
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