Exodus 34

1Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make two more flat stones like the first two that were broken. I will write the same words on these stones that were written on the first two stones. 2Be ready tomorrow morning and come up on Mount Sinai. Stand before me there on the top of the mountain. 3No person will be allowed to come with you. No person should even be seen any place on the mountain. Even your herds of animals or flocks of sheep will not be allowed to eat grass at the bottom of the mountain.” 4So Moses made two more flat stones like the first ones. Then early the next morning he went up Mount Sinai. Moses did everything like the Lord had commanded him. Moses carried the two flat stones with him. 5After Moses was on the mountain, the Lord came down to him in a cloud. The Lord stood there with Moses, and Moses called the Lord’s name. 6The Lord passed in front of Moses and said, “Yahweh, the Lord, is the kind and merciful God. The Lord is slow to become angry. The Lord is full of great love. The Lord can be trusted. 7The Lord shows his kindness to thousands ˻of generations˼. The Lord forgives people for the wrong things they do. But the Lord does not forget to punish guilty people. The Lord will punish not only the guilty people, but their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren will suffer for the bad things those people do.” 8Then Moses quickly bowed to the ground and worshiped ˻the Lord˼. Moses said, 9“Lord, if you are pleased with me, then please go with us. I know that these are stubborn people. But forgive us for the bad things we did! Accept us as your people.” 10Then the Lord said, “I am making this agreement with all of your people. I will do amazing things that have never before been done for any other nation on earth. The people with you will see that I, the Lord, am very great. The people will see the wonderful things that I will do for you. 11Obey the things I command you today, and I will force your enemies to leave your land. I will force out the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 12Be careful! Don’t make any agreement with the people who live in the land where you are going. If you make an agreement with those people, then it will bring you trouble. 13So destroy their altars. Break the stones they worship. Cut down their idols. 14Don’t worship any other god. I am Yahweh Kanah—the jealous Lord. That is my name. I am El Kanah—the jealous God. 15“Be careful not to make any agreements with the people who live in that land. If you do this, then you might join them when they worship their gods. Those people will invite you to join them, and you will eat their sacrifices. 16You might choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons. Those daughters serve false gods. They might lead your sons to do the same thing. 17“Don’t make idols. 18“Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days eat that bread made without yeast like I commanded you before. Do this during the month I have chosen, the month of Abib. Why? Because that is the month you came out of Egypt. 19“A woman’s first baby always belongs to me. Even the first animals that are born from your cattle or sheep belong to me. 20If you want to keep a donkey that is the first born, then you can buy it with a lamb. But if you don’t buy that donkey with a lamb, then you must break the donkey’s neck. You must buy back all of your firstborn sons from me. No person should come before me without a gift. 21“You will work for six days. But on the seventh day you must rest. You must rest even during the times of planting and harvesting. 22“Celebrate the Festival of Weeks. Use the first grain from the wheat harvest for this festival. And in the fall celebrate the Festival of Harvest. 23“Three times each year all your men must go to be with the Master, the Lord, the God of Israel. 24“When you go into your land, I will force your enemies out of that land. I will expand your borders—you will get more and more land. You will go before the Lord your God three times each year. At that time, no one will try to take your land from you. 25“Whenever you offer blood from a sacrifice to me, don’t offer yeast at the same time. “Don’t leave any of the meat from the Passover meal until the next morning. 26“Give the Lord the very first crops that you harvest. Bring those things to the house of the Lord your God. “Never cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.” 27Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write all the things that I have told you. Those things are the Agreement that I made with you and the people of Israel.” 28Moses stayed there with the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights. Moses did not eat any food or drink any water. And he (the Lord)˼ wrote the words of the Agreement ˻(the Ten Commandments)˼ on the two flat stones. 29Then Moses came down from Mount Sinai. He carried the two flat stones with the Agreement on them. Moses’ face was shining because he had talked with the Lord. But Moses did not know this. 30Aaron and all the people of Israel saw that Moses’ face was shining bright. So they were afraid to go near him. 31But Moses called to them. So Aaron and all the leaders of the people went to Moses. Moses talked with them. 32After that, all the people of Israel came near Moses. And Moses gave them 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. 34Any time Moses went before the Lord to speak with him, Moses took off the covering. Then Moses would come out and tell the people of Israel the things the Lord commanded. 35The people would see that Moses’ face was shining bright, so Moses would cover his face again. Moses kept his face covered until the next time he went in to speak with the Lord.

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