Moses is called up into the mountain.
Exodus 24:1 And he said to Moses: Come up to the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab and Abiu, and seventy of the ancients of Israel, and you shall adore afar off. Exodus 24:2 And Moses alone shall come up to the Lord, but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people come up with him.
The people promise obedience.
Exodus 24:3 So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice: We will do all the words of the Lord, which he hath spoken.
Moses buildeth an altar, and twelve pillars.
Exodus 24:4 And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord: and rising in the morning, he built an altar at the foot of the mount, and twelve titles according to the twelve tribes of Israel. Exodus 24:5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, and they offered holocausts, and sacrificed pacific victims of calves to the Lord.
He sprinkleth the blood of the Covenant.
Exodus 24:6 Then Moses took half of the blood, and put it into bowls; and the rest he poured upon the altar. Exodus 24:7 And taking the book of the covenant, he read it in the hearing of the people: and they said: All things that the Lord hath spoken, we will do, we will be obedient. Exodus 24:8 And he took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and he said: This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.
The glory of God appeareth.
Exodus 24:9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abiu, and seventy of the ancients of Israel went up: Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and under his feet as it were a work of sapphire stone, and as the heaven, when clear. Exodus 24:11 Neither did he lay his hand upon those of the children of Israel, that retired afar off, and they saw God, and they did eat and drink.
Exodus 24:12 And the Lord said to Moses: Come up to me into the mount, and be there; and I will give thee tables of stone, and the law, and the commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. Exodus 24:13 Moses rose up, and his minister Josue: and Moses going up into the mount of God,
Aaron and Hur have the charge of the people.
Exodus 24:14 Said to the ancients: Wait ye here till we return to you. You have Aaron and Hur with you: if any question shall arise, you shall refer it to them.
Moses goeth into the mountain, where he continueth forty days and forty nights.
Exodus 24:15 And when Moses was gone up, a cloud covered the mount. Exodus 24:16 And the glory of the Lord dwelt upon Sinai, covering it with a cloud six days: and the seventh day he called him out of the midst of the cloud. Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the Lord, was like a burning fire upon the top of the mount, in the eyes of the children of Israel. Exodus 24:18 And Moses entering into the midst of the cloud, went up into the mountain: And he was there forty days and forty nights.