Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt,1 have become corrupt.28
They have been quick to turn away3 from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol4 cast in the shape of a calf.5 They have bowed down to it and sacrificed6 to it and have said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.'79
"I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked8 people.
Now leave me alone9 so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy10 them. Then I will make you into a great nation."11