Hebrews 12:20
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English Standard Version
For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”

King James Bible
(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:

American Standard Version
for they could not endure that which was enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they did not endure that which was said: And if so much as a beast shall touch the mount, it shall be stoned.

English Revised Version
for they could not endure that which was enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned;

Webster's Bible Translation
(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:

Weymouth New Testament
For they could not endure the order which had been given, "Even a wild beast, if it touches the mountain, shall be stoned to death;"

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Vincent's Word Studies

That which was commanded (τὸ διαστελλόμενον)

See on Mark 7:36; see on Acts 15:24.

Touch (θίγῃ)

Elsewhere in N.T. only Hebrews 11:28 and Colossians 2:21. lxx only Exodus 19:12. It implies a touching or grasping which affects the object (comp. Hebrews 12:18 on ψηλαφᾶν). In Class. often of touching or handling some sacred object which may be desecrated by the one who lays hands on it. See Soph. Philoct. 667; Oed. Tyr. 891, 899. So here, the touch of the mountain was profanation.

Shall be stoned (λιθοβολήσεται)

Found in Matthew, Luke, and Acts. In lxx see Exodus 19:13. Comp. ἐλιθάσθησαν, Hebrews 11:37. The correct text omits or thrust through with a dart.

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For they.

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if so much.

Exodus 19:13,16 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live...

Cross References
Exodus 19:12
And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, 'Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death.

Exodus 19:13
No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain."

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