1 And unto Moses He said, ‘Come up unto Jehovah, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and ye have bowed yourselves afar off;’ 2and Moses hath drawn nigh by himself unto Jehovah; and they draw not nigh, and the people go not up with him. 3And Moses cometh in, and recounteth to the people all the words of Jehovah, and all the judgments, and all the people answer—one voice, and say, ‘All the words which Jehovah hath spoken we do.’ 4And Moses writeth all the words of Jehovah, and riseth early in the morning, and buildeth an altar under the hill, and twelve standing pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel; 5and he sendeth the youths of the sons of Israel, and they cause burnt-offerings to ascend, and sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings to Jehovah—calves. 6And Moses taketh half of the blood, and putteth in basins, and half of the blood hath he sprinkled on the altar; 7and he taketh the Book of the Covenant, and proclaimeth in the ears of the people, and they say, ‘All that which Jehovah hath spoken we do, and obey.’ 8And Moses taketh the blood, and sprinkleth on the people, and saith, ‘Lo, the blood of the covenant which Jehovah hath made with you, concerning all these things.’
9 And Moses goeth up, Aaron also, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10and they see the God of Israel, and under His feet is as the white work of the sapphire, and as the substance of the heavens for purity; 11and unto those of the sons of Israel who are near He hath not put forth His hand, and they see God, and eat and drink.
12 And Jehovah saith unto Moses, ‘Come up unto Me to the mount, and be there, and I give to thee the tables of stone, and the law, and the command, which I have written to direct them.’ 13And Moses riseth—Joshua his minister also—and Moses goeth up unto the mount of God; 14and unto the elders he hath said, ‘Abide ye for us in this place, until that we turn back unto you, and lo, Aaron and Hur are with you—he who hath matters doth come nigh unto them.’ 15And Moses goeth up unto the mount, and the cloud covereth the mount; 16and the honour of Jehovah doth tabernacle on mount Sinai, and the cloud covereth it six days, and He calleth unto Moses on the seventh day from the midst of the cloud. 17And the appearance of the honour of Jehovah is as a consuming fire on the top of the mount, before the eyes of the sons of Israel; 18and Moses goeth into the midst of the cloud, and goeth up unto the mount, and Moses is on the mount forty days and forty nights.
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.