18 ¶ And all the people [a]saw the thunders: and the [b]lightnings, and the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, and when the people saw it, they fled and stood afar off,

19 And said unto Moses, (A)Talk thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God talk with us, lest we die.

20 Then Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to [c]prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not.

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  1. Exodus 20:18 Or, heard.
  2. Exodus 20:18 Hebrew, fire brands.
  3. Exodus 20:20 Whether you will obey his precepts as you promised, Exod. 19:8.