והיה נכון לבוקר ועלית. זאת היא הפעם השלישית. שבכל פעם ישב ארבעים יום וארבעים לילה: AND BE READY BY THE MORNING, AND COME UP. This is the third time,11That Moses ascended Mount Sinai after God’s revelation. and each time Moses stayed on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.12Moses ascended the mountain after the revelation to receive the first set of tablets. He was then on the mountain for 40 days (Ex. 25:18). After Moses broke the tablets he spent 40 days in prayer on behalf of Israel (Deut. 10:11). Moses spent 40 days on the mountain when he received the second pair of tablets (v. 28). There are 120 days between the sixth of Sivan, when the revelation occurred, and the Day of Atonement, when Moses brought down the second pair of tablets. Hence Moses ascended the mountain three times between the sixth of Sivan and the tenth of Tishri.