98 THE DELIVERY AD [SER. III.1. Very dreadful. "It came to pass on the thirdday in the morning," (as the Lord had said to Mo-ses,) "that there were thunders and lightnings, anda thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of thetrumpet exceding loud ; so that all the people thatwas in the camp trembled. And mount Sinai wasaltogether on a smoke, because the LORD descend-ed upon it in fire ; and the smoke thereof ascend-ed as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount> quaked greatly." aBy allusion to this, the psalmist in celebrating theMajesty of God, says "He looketh on the earthand it trembleth ; he toucheth the hills and theysmoke." b Then it was, that, as related in thetext, The Lord came from Sinai, that is, manifest-ed himself from thence to Israel : for " Moses broughtforth the people out of the camp to meet with God,and they stood at the nether part of the mount. Andthe LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the topof the mount," and that " in the sight of all the peo-ple." How awful the sight ! One should think theIsraelites could never have lost the impression whichit must have made upon them ; and that it wouldfor ever have blasted their unbelief suppressed theirmurmurings and eradicated every vestage of theirinclination after other gods. ay if, for a moment,we could forget the deep depravity of human nature,and the strength of Satan's instigations, we shouldsuppose that even the inspired record of that tre-mendous scene, wherever granted, would have con-founded arid silenced atheists and deists, and " gain-sayers" of every description, to the end of time.a Exo. xix. 9, 16, 18. b Psal. civ. 32. c xix. 17, 20. comp.v. 11.