The Covenant Affirmed
1 Now He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar.†
2 Moses alone shall come near to God, but they shall not come near; nor shall the people go up with them.”
3 So Moses came and told the people all the words of God and all the ordinances, and all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words the Lord spoke we will do.”†
4 Then Moses wrote all the words of the Lord; and he rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve stones according to the twelve tribes of Israel.†
5 Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered whole burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of calves to God.
6 Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he poured on the altar.
7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All the Lord said, we will do, and be obedient.”
8 Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant the Lord made with you according to all these words.”
Moses with God on Mount Sinai
9 After this, Moses went up, along with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and the seventy of the elders of Israel;
10 and they saw the place where the God of Israel stood. Under His feet was, as it were, a paved work of sapphire stone and the appearance of heaven’s firmament in its purity.
11 And of Israel’s chosen men not one was missing. So they saw the place of God, and ate and drank.
12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone and the law and commandments I wrote, that you may teach them.”†
13 So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and they went up to the mountain of God.
14 But he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.”
15 Then Moses and Joshua went up the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.†
16 Now the glory of God descended on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. Then on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
17 The sight of the Lord’s glory was like a burning fire on the top of the mountain before the children of Israel.
18 So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up the mountain; and he was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.†
1 For the End; an ode of a psalm of resurrection. †Shout to God, all the earth;
2 Sing now to His name; Give glory to His praise.
3 Say to God, “How fearful are Your works; In the greatness of Your power Your enemies will lie to You;
4 Let all the earth worship You and sing to You; Let them sing to Your name.” (Pause)
5 Come and see the works of God; He is more fearful in His counsels than the sons of men,
6 Who turns the sea into dry land; They will cross over the river on foot. There we will be glad in Him,
7 In Him who as Lord shall rule in His power forever; His eyes will look at the Gentiles; Let not those who provoke Him be exalted in themselves. (Pause)
8 Bless our God, you Gentiles, And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
9 Who established my soul in life, And who did not permit my feet to be moved.
10 For You, O God, tested us; You tried us in the fire, as silver is purified by fire.
11 You brought us into the snare; You laid affliction on our back.
12 You put men on our heads; We went through fire and water, And You led us into a refreshing place.
13 I will go into Your house with whole burnt offerings; I will pay You the vows
14 My lips uttered, And my mouth spoke in my affliction;
15 I will offer You whole burnt offerings full of marrow; With incense and rams, I will offer oxen with a young he-goat. (Pause)
16 Come and hear, and I will describe to you, All who fear God, What things He did for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth, And I exalted Him with my tongue.
18 If I regarded wrongdoing in my heart, Let not the Lord hear me.
19 Therefore God heard me; He gave heed to the voice of my supplication.
20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me.
Proverbs of Solomon 13
11 An evil man does evil things with arrogance, But those who know themselves are wise.†
12 Property hastily gained with lawlessness becomes diminished, But he who gathers for himself with godliness will be increased; A righteous man has compassion and lends.
13 A man who begins to give aid heartily is better Than he who only promises and leads another to hope; A good desire is a tree of life.
14 He who despises a matter will be despised by it, But he who fears the commandment, this man is in good health.
15 To a deceitful son there shall be nothing good, But for a wise servant, his deeds shall be prosperous, And his way shall be led aright.†
The Coming of the Son of Man
24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.
When Will He Return?
28 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors!
30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.†
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.†
33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—
36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”