Exodus 34
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Stone Tablets Like the Former Ones

1Now Yahweh said to Moses, “Carve out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered. 2So be prepared by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and [†]present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain. 3And no man is to come up with you, nor let any man be seen [†]anywhere on the mountain; even the flocks and the herds may not graze in front of that mountain.” 4So he carved out two stone tablets like the former ones, and Moses rose up early in the morning and went up to Mount Sinai, as Yahweh had commanded him, and he took two stone tablets in his hand. 5Then Yahweh descended in the cloud and stood there with him, and [†]He called upon the name of Yahweh. 6Then Yahweh passed by in front of him and called out, “Yahweh, Yahweh God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and [†]truth; 7who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” 8And Moses made haste [†]to bow low toward the earth and worship. 9And he said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though [†]they are a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own inheritance.”

Yahweh Cuts a Covenant with Israel

10Then [†]God said, “Behold, I am going to cut a covenant. Before all your people I will do wondrous deeds which have not been created in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people [†]among whom you live will see the working of Yahweh, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to do with you.

11[†]Be sure to keep what I am commanding you this day: behold, I am going to drive out the Amorite before you, and the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 12Beware lest you cut a covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, lest it become a snare in your midst. 13But rather, you are to tear down their altars and shatter their sacred pillars and cut down their [†]Asherim 14—for you shall not worship any other god, for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God— 15lest you cut a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invite you [†]to eat of his sacrifice, 16and you take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods. 17You shall make for yourself no molten gods.

18“You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, which I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in the month of Abib you came out of Egypt.

19“The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me, even of all your male livestock, the first offspring from [†]cattle and sheep. 20And you shall redeem with a lamb the [†]first offspring from a donkey; and if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. You shall redeem all the firstborn of your sons. [†]None shall appear before Me empty-handed.

21“You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest. 22And you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. 23Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord Yahweh, the God of Israel. 24For I will dispossess nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before Yahweh your God.

25“You shall not [†]offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread, and the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover shall not [†]be left over until morning.

26“You shall bring the very first of the first fruits of your ground into the house of Yahweh your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

27Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Write [†]down these words, for in accordance with these words I have cut a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28So he was there with Yahweh forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And [†]he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten [†]Commandments.

The Shining Face of Moses

29Now it happened when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 30Then Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him; and Moses spoke to them. 32And afterward all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded them everything that Yahweh had spoken [†]to him on Mount Sinai. 33Then Moses finished speaking with them and put a veil over his face. 34But whenever Moses went in before Yahweh to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and then he would come out and speak to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35and the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would return the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him.

2 Or place yourself before
3 Lit on all
5 Or possibly he (Moses), but cf. 33:19
6 Or faithfulness
8 Lit and bowed...worshiped
9 Lit it is
10 Lit He
10 Lit in whose midst you are
11 Lit Keep for yourself
13 Wooden symbols of a female deity
15 Lit and you eat
19 Or oxen
20 Lit first opening of
20 Lit They shall not
25 Lit slaughter
25 Lit remain overnight
27 Lit for yourself
28 Or He, Yahweh
28 Lit Words
32 Lit with

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