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Shemos 19:12

והגבלת את העם סביב לאמר השמרו לכם עלות בהר ונגע בקצהו כל הנגע בהר מות יומת

And you shall set boundaries around the nation saying, "be careful not to go up the mountain..."

Shemos 19:23

ויאמר משה אל יהוה לא יוכל העם לעלת אל הר סיני כי אתה העדתה בנו לאמר הגבל את ההר וקדשתו

Moshe said "the nation can't come up, because you warned us to set boundaries around the mountain"

Was the mountain set off limits, or the Jewish people set off limits?

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