1 In the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt, on its first day, the Israelites came to the desert of Sinai.
2 After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai, they pitched camp. While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain,
3 Moses went up the mountain to God. Then the LORD called to him and said, "Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob;
4 tell the Israelites: You have seen for yourselves how I treated the Egyptians and how I bore you up on eagle wings and brought you here to myself.
5 Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my special possession, dearer to me than all other people, though all the earth is mine.
6 You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. That is what you must tell the Israelites."
7 So Moses went and summoned the elders of the people. When he set before them all that the LORD had ordered him to tell them,
8 the people all answered together, "Everything the LORD has said, we will do." Then Moses brought back to the LORD the response of the people.
9 The LORD also told him, "I am coming to you in a dense cloud, so that when the people hear me speaking with you, they may always have faith in you also." When Moses, then, had reported to the LORD the response of the people,
10 the LORD added, "Go to the people and have them sanctify themselves today and tomorrow. Make them wash their garments
11 and be ready for the third day; for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai before the eyes of all the people.