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19:9 God said to Moses, 'I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that all the people will hear when I speak to you. They will then believe in you forever.'

Moses told God the people's response [to that].
Vayomer Adonay el-Moshe hineh anochi ba eleycha be'av he'anan ba'avur yishma ha'am bedabri imach vegam-becha ya'aminu le'olam vayaged Moshe et-divrey ha'am el-Adonay.

19:10 God said to Moses, 'Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow. Let them [even] immerse their clothing.
Vayomer Adonay el-Moshe lech el-ha'am vekidashtam hayom umachar vechibesu simlotam.


people's response...

  They must also immerse their bodies (Mekhilta; Ramban; Chizzkuni; cf. Leviticus 17:16). See Exodus 19:14. Along with circumcision (Exodus 12:48), this was part of the conversion process through which the Israelites entered the covenant of the Torah (Yevamoth 46b).

  In Torah law, 'washing' always denotes immersion in a mikvah or other natural body of water (cf. 2 Kings 5:10,14).

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