On the morrow Moses said to the people, "You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Alas, this people have sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold.
But now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written."
But the LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
But now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them."
And the LORD sent a plague upon the people, because they made the calf which Aaron made.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)