Exodus 32

32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down
 from the mount, the people assembled themselves to Aaron, and
 said to him, Arise, make us gods which shall go before us: for
 [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us out of the land of
 Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
32:2 And Aaron said to them, Break off the golden ear-rings
 which [are] in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of
 your daughters, and bring [them] to me.
32:3 And all the people broke off the golden ear-rings which
 [were] in their ears, and brought [them] to Aaron.
32:4 And he received [them] at their hand, and fashioned it with
 a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they
 said, These are thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee out of
 the land of Egypt.
32:5 And when Aaron saw [it], he built an altar before it; and
 Aaron made proclamation, and said, To-morrow [is] a feast to
 the LORD.
32:6 And they rose early on the morrow, and offered
 burnt-offerings, and brought peace-offerings: and the people
 sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
32:7 And the LORD said to Moses, Go, go down; for thy people,
 which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted
32:8 They have turned aside quickly from the way which I
 commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have
 worshiped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said, These are
 thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee out of the land of
32:9 And the LORD said to Moses, I have seen this people, and
 behold it [is] a stiff-necked people:
32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot
 against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of
 thee a great nation.
32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, why doth
 thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought
 forth from the land of Egypt, with great power, and with a
 mighty hand?
32:12 Why should the Egyptians speak and say, For evil did he
 bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume
 them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath,
 and repent of this evil against thy people.
32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel thy servants, to whom
 thou sworest by thine own self, and saidst to them, I will
 multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land
 that I have spoken of will I give to your seed, and they shall
 inherit [it] for ever.
32:14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do
 to his people.
32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the
 two tables of the testimony [were] in his hand: the tables
 [were] written on both their sides; on the one side and on the
 other [were] they written.
32:16 And the tables [were] the work of God, and the writing
 [was] the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
32:17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they
 shouted, he said to Moses, [There is] a noise of war in the
32:18 And he said, [It is] not the voice of [them that] shout
 for mastery, neither [is it] the voice of [them that] cry for
 being overcome: [but] the noise of [them that] sing do I hear.
32:19 And it came to pass as soon as he came nigh to the camp,
 that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses's anger waxed
 hot, and he cast the tables from his hands, and broke them
 beneath the mount.
32:20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt [it]
 in the fire, and ground [it] to powder, and strewed [it] upon
 the water, and made the children of Israel drink [of it].
32:21 And Moses said to Aaron, What did this people to thee,
 that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
32:22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou
 knowest the people that they [are set] on mischief.
32:23 For they said to me, Make us gods which shall go before
 us: for [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us out of the
 land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
32:24 And I said to them, Whoever hath any gold, let them break
 [it] off: So they gave [it] to me: then I cast it into the
 fire, and there came out this calf.
32:25 And when Moses saw that the people [were] naked (for Aaron
 had made them naked to [their] shame, among their enemies:)
32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who
 [is] on the LORD'S side? [let him come] to me. And all the sons
 of Levi assembled themselves to him.
32:27 And he said to them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
 Put every man his sword by his side, [and] go in and out from
 gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his
 brother, and every man his companion, and every man his
32:28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of
 Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three
 thousand men.
32:29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to-day to the
 LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that
 he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
32:30 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said to the
 people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up to the
 LORD; it may be I shall make an atonement for your sin.
32:31 And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people
 have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
32:32 Yet now, if thou wilt, forgive their sin: and if not, blot
 me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
32:33 And the LORD said to Moses, Whoever hath sinned against
 me, him will I blot out of my book.
32:34 Therefore now go, lead the people to [the place] of which
 I have spoken to thee: Behold, my angel shall go before thee:
 Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin
 upon them.
32:35 And the LORD afflicted the people, because they made the
 calf which Aaron made.

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