Exodus 17-20

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Exodus 17

And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys, according to the commandment of Yahweh, and encamped in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you tempt Yahweh? 3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? 4 And Moses cried to Yahweh, saying What shall I do to this people? They are almost ready to stone me. 5 And Yahweh said to Moses, Pass on before the people, and take with you of the elders of Israel; and your rod, with which you struck the river, take in your hand, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there upon the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the children of Israel, and because they tempted Yahweh, saying, Is Yahweh among us, or not?


8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said to Yahshua, Choose men for us and go out, fight with Amalek: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of Elohim in my hand. 10 So Yahshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let. down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Yahshua overcame Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And Yahweh said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Yahshua: that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Yahweh-nissi; 16 and he said, Yah has sworn: Yahweh will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.



Exodus 18

Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that Elohim had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, how Yahweh had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her away, 3 and her two sons; of whom the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been a sojourner in a foreign land: 4 and the name of the other was Eliezer; for he said, The Elohim of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh: 5 and Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped, at the mount of Elohim: 6 and he said to Moses, I your father-in-law Jethro have come to you, and your wife, and her two sons with her. 7 And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they went into the tent. 8 And Moses told his father-in-law all that Yahweh had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how Yahweh delivered them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which Yahweh had done to Israel, in that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10 And Jethro said Blessed be Yahweh, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh; who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all elohim; even in the thing in which they dealt proudly against them. 12 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt-offering and sacrifices for Elohim: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before Elohim.


13 And it came to pass on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood around Moses from the morning to the evening. 14 And when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that you do to the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning to even? 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to inquire of Elohim: 16 when they have a matter, they come to me; and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of Elohim, and his laws. 17 And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, The thing that you do is not good. 18 You will surely wear away, both you, and this people that is with you: for the thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it yourself alone. 19 Now listen to my voice, I will give you counsel, and Elohim be with you: be for the people a representative of Elohim and bring the cases to Elohim: 20 and you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and shall show them the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover you shall select out of all the people able men, such as fear Elohim, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22 and let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they shall judge themselves: so shall it be easier for yourself, and they shall bear the burden with you. 23 If you shall do this thing, and Elohim command you so, then you shall be able to endure, and all this people also shall go to their place in peace. 24 So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that he had said. 25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard cases they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27 And Moses let his father-in-law depart; and he went his way into his own land.



Exodus 19

In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, the same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 And when they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mount. 3 And Moses went up to Elohim, and Yahweh called to him out of the mountain, saying, In this manner shall you say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples: for all the earth is mine: 6 and you shall be for me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.


7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which Yahweh commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that Yahweh has spoken we will do. And Moses reported the words of the people to Yahweh. 9 And Yahweh said to Moses, Lo, I come to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever. And Moses told the words of the people to Yahweh. 10 And Yahweh said to Moses, Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments, 11 and be ready for the third day; for the third day Yahweh will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that you go not up to the mountain, or touch the border of it: whoever touches the mountain shall be surely put to death: 13 no hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, he shall not live: when the trumpet sounds long, they shall come up to the mount. 14 And Moses went down from the mount to the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, Be ready by the third day: come not near a woman.


16 And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mount, and the sound of a trumpet very loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet Elohim; and they stood at the lower part of the mount. 18 And mount Sinai, the whole of it, smoked, because Yahweh descended on it in fire; and the smoke of it ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and Elohim answered him by a voice. 20 And Yahweh came down upon mount Sinai, to the top of the mount: and Yahweh called Moses to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. 21 And Yahweh said to Moses, Go down, warn the people, lest they break through to Yahweh to gaze, and many of them die. 22 And let the priests also, that come near to Yahweh, sanctify themselves, lest Yahweh breaks forth upon them. 23 And Moses said to Yahweh, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for you warned us, saying, Set limits around the mount, and sanctify it. 24 And Yahweh said to him, Go, get down; and you shall come up, you, and Aaron with you: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up to Yahweh, lest he breaks forth upon them. 25 So Moses went down to the people, and told them.



Exodus 20

And Elohim spoke all these words, saying,


2 I am Yahweh your Elohim, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.


3 You shall have no other elohim before me.


4 You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 you shall not bow down to them, or serve them; for I Yahweh your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those that hate me, 6 and showing mercy to thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.


7 You shall not make wrong use of the Name of Yahweh your Elohim; for Yahweh will not leave unpunished the man who misuses His Name.


8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shall you labor, and do all your work; 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of Yahweh your Elohim: in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maid-servant, or your cattle, or the stranger that is within your gates: 11 for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day: Therefore Yahweh blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.


12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your Elohim gives you.


13 You shall not commit murder.


14 You shall not commit adultery.


15 You shall not steal.


16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.


17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.


18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they trembled, and stood afar off. 19 And they said to Moses, Speak with us, and we will hear; but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said to the people, Fear not: for Elohim has come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that you sin not. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where Elohim was.


22 And Yahweh said to Moses, In this manner you shall say to the children of Israel, You yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 You shall not make other elohim with me; elohim of silver, or elohim of gold, you shall not make to you. 24 An altar of earth you shall make to me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt-offerings, and your peace-offerings, your sheep, and your oxen: in every place where I record my name I will come to you and I will bless you. 25 And if you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones; for if you lift up your tool upon it, you have polluted it. 26 Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness is not uncovered on it.


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