The Book of Exodus — Liber Exodus
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Chapter 19
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Mense tertio egressionis Israël de terra Ægypti, in die hac venerunt in solitudinem Sinai.
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In the third month of the departure of Israel out of the land of Egypt, on this day they came into the wilderness of Sinai:
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The third new moon was rising since they left the land of Egypt, on the day when the Israelites reached the wilderness of Sinai.
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Nam profecti de Raphidim, et pervenientes usque in desertum Sinai, castrametati sunt in eodem loco, ibique Israël fixit tentoria e regione montis.
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For departing out of Raphidim, and coming to the desert of Sinai, they camped in the same place, and there Israel pitched their tents over against the mountain.
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They set out from Raphidim, and marched all the way to the Sinai desert before they encamped, pitching their tents there in full view of the mountain.
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Moyses autem ascendit ad Deum: vocavitque eum Dominus de monte, et ait: Hæc dices domui Jacob, et annuntiabis filiis Israël:
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And Moses went up to God: and the Lord called unto him from the mountain, and said: Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:
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Here Moses went up to meet God, and the voice of God came to him from the mountain, A message to the race of Jacob; to Israel’s sons proclaim it:
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Vos ipsi vidistis quæ fecerim Ægyptiis, quomodo portaverim vos super alas aquilarum, et assumpserim mihi.
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You have seen what I have done to the Egyptians, how I have carried you upon the wings of eagles, and have taken you to myself.
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You have seen for yourselves what I did to the Egyptians, how I carried you as if on eagle’s wings, and took you up into my care.
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Si ergo audieritis vocem meam, et custodieritis pactum meum, eritis mihi in peculium de cunctis populis: mea est enim omnis terra:
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If therefore you will hear my voice, and keep my covenant, you shall be my peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is mine.
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Listen, then, to my voice, and keep your covenant with me; and I, to whom all the earth belongs, will single you out among its peoples to be my own.
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et vos eritis mihi in regnum sacerdotale, et gens sancta. Hæc sunt verba quæ loqueris ad filios Israël.
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And you shall be to me a priestly kingdom, and a holy nation. These are the words thou shalt speak to the children of Israel.
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You shall serve me as a royal priesthood, as a consecrated nation; tell the Israelites this.
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Venit Moyses: et convocatis majoribus natu populi, exposuit omnes sermones quos mandaverat Dominus.
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Moses came, and calling together the elders of the people, he declared all the words which the Lord had commanded.
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So, when Moses came back, he summoned the elders of the people, and told them what message it was the Lord had entrusted to him;
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Responditque omnis populus simul: Cuncta quæ locutus est Dominus, faciemus. Cumque retulisset Moyses verba populi ad Dominum,
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And all the people answered together: All that the Lord hath spoken, we will do. And when Moses had related the people’s words to the Lord,
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whereupon the whole people answered with one voice, We will do all the Lord has said.Moses went back to the Lord with this promise from the people,
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ait ei Dominus: Jam nunc veniam ad te in caligine nubis, ut audiat me populus loquentem ad te, et credat tibi in perpetuum. Nuntiavit ergo Moyses verba populi ad Dominum.
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The Lord said to him: Lo, now will I come to thee in the darkness of a cloud, that the people may hear me speaking to thee, and may believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
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and the Lord said to him, The time has come now when I mean to visit thee, wrapped in a dark cloud, so that all the people may hear me talking with thee, and obey thee without question henceforward. And when Moses had told him of the people’s promise,
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Qui dixit ei: Vade ad populum, et sanctifica illos hodie, et cras, laventque vestimenta sua.
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And he said to him: Go to the people, and sanctify them to day, and to morrow, and let them wash their garments.
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he said, Go back to the people, and spend to-day and to-morrow ridding them of defilement. Let them wash their clothes,
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Et sint parati in diem tertium: in die enim tertia descendet Dominus coram omni plebe super montem Sinai.
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And let them be ready against the third day: for on the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
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and hold themselves in readiness for the third day; two days from now, the Lord will come down on to mount Sinai in the presence of all the people.
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Constituesque terminos populo per circuitum, et dices ad eos: Cavete ne ascendatis in montem, nec tangatis fines illius: omnis qui tetigerit montem, morte morietur.
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And thou shalt appoint certain limits to the people round about, and thou shalt say to them: Take heed you go not up into the mount, and that ye touch not the borders thereof: every one that toucheth the mount dying he shall die.
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Keep them within bounds along the whole circle of it, and bid them beware of going up on to the mountain, or touching even the fringes of it; if anyone touches the mountain, his life must pay for it.
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Manus non tanget eum, sed lapidibus opprimetur, aut confodietur jaculis: sive jumentum fuerit, sive homo, non vivet: cum cœperit clangere buccina, tunc ascendant in montem.
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No hands shall touch him, but he shall be stoned to death, or shall be shot through with arrows: whether it be beast, or man, he shall not live. When the trumpet shall begin to sound, then let them go up into the mount.
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No hand must be laid on him, he must be stoned, or shot down with javelins; beast or man that touches the mountain is to die. All this, until they hear a blast on the ram’s horn; then let them go up on to the mountain.
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Descenditque Moyses de monte ad populum, et sanctificavit eum. Cumque lavissent vestimenta sua,
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And Moses came down from the mount to the people, and sanctified them. And when they had washed their garments,
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So Moses went down again to the people, and rid them of defilement. First they must wash their clothes;
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ait ad eos: Estote parati in diem tertium, et ne appropinquetis uxoribus vestris.
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He said to them: Be ready against the third day, and come not near your wives.
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then he bade them hold themselves in readiness for the third day, and have no commerce with their wives.
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Jamque advenerat tertius dies, et mane inclaruerat: et ecce cœperunt audiri tonitrua, ac micare fulgura, et nubes densissima operire montem, clangorque buccinæ vehementius perstrepebat: et timuit populus qui erat in castris.
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And now the third day was come, and the morning appeared: and behold thunders began to be heard, and lightning to flash, and a very thick cloud to cover the mount, and the noise of the trumpet sounded exceeding loud, and the people that was in the camp, feared.
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And now the third day had come. Morning broke, and all at once thunder was heard, lightning shone out, and the mountain was covered with thick mist; loud rang the trumpet-blast, and the people in the camp were dismayed.
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Cumque eduxisset eos Moyses in occursum Dei de loco castrorum, steterunt ad radices montis.
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And when Moses had brought them forth to meet God from the place of the camp, they stood at the bottom of the mount.
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But Moses brought them out from the camp itself to meet the Lord, and they stood there close by the spurs of the mountain.
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Totus autem mons Sinai fumabat, eo quod descendisset Dominus super eum in igne: et ascenderet fumus ex eo quasi de fornace, eratque omnis mons terribilis.
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And all mount Sinai was on a smoke: because the Lord was come down upon it in fire, and the smoke arose from it as out of a furnace: and all the mount was terrible.
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The whole of mount Sinai was by now wreathed in smoke, where the Lord had come down with fire about him, so that smoke went up as if from a furnace; it was a mountain full of terrors.
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Et sonitus buccinæ paulatim crescebat in majus, et prolixius tendebatur: Moyses loquebatur, et Deus respondebat ei.
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And the sound of the trumpet grew by degrees louder and louder, and was drawn out to a greater length: Moses spoke, and God answered him.
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Louder yet grew the noise of the trumpet, longer its blast; and then Moses spoke to the Lord, and the Lord’s voice was heard in answer.
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Descenditque Dominus super montem Sinai in ipso montis vertice, et vocavit Moysen in cacumen ejus. Quo cum ascendisset,
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And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, in the very top of the mount, and he called Moses unto the top thereof. And when he was gone up thither,
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It was on the very top of mount Sinai that the Lord had come down, and now he called Moses up to the summit. When he had climbed up there
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dixit ad eum: Descende, et contestare populum: ne forte velit transcendere terminos ad videndum Dominum, et pereat ex eis plurima multitudo.
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He said unto him: Go down, and charge the people: lest they should have a mind to pass the limits to see the Lord, and a very great multitude of them should perish.
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he was bidden go down again, and warn the people not to pass beyond their bounds in their eagerness to see the Lord; or it might be that a great multitude of them would incur death.
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Sacerdotes quoque qui accedunt ad Dominum, sanctificentur, ne percutiat eos.
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The priests also that come to the Lord, let them be sanctified, lest he strike them.
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Even the priests who came into the Lord’s presence were to come sanctified, for fear he should smite them.
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Dixitque Moyses ad Dominum: Non poterit vulgus ascendere in montem Sinai: tu enim testificatus es, et jussisti, dicens: Pone terminos circa montem, et sanctifica illum.
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And Moses said to the Lord: The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou didst charge, and command, saying: Set limits about the mount, and sanctify it.
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But, Lord, said Moses, the common folk will be in no danger of climbing up on to Sinai; thou thyself hast warned them, and bidden us set bounds, to keep the mountain inviolable.
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Cui ait Dominus: Vade, descende: ascendesque tu, et Aaron tecum: sacerdotes autem et populus ne transeant terminos, nec ascendant ad Dominum, ne forte interficiat illos.
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And the Lord said to him: Go, get thee down: and thou shalt come up, thou and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people pass the limits, nor come up to the Lord, lest he kill them.
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Go down, the Lord said to him, and come back with Aaron alone; neither priests nor people are to go beyond their bounds, and come into the Lord’s presence, or he will slay them.
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Descenditque Moyses ad populum, et omnia narravit eis.
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And Moses went down to the people and told them all.
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So Moses went back to the people, and told them all he was bidden.