Remember this and never forget how you provoked1 the LORD your God to anger in the desert. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious2 against the LORD.38
At Horeb you aroused the LORD's wrath4 so that he was angry enough to destroy you.59
When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant6 that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days7 and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.810
The LORD gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.9 On them were all the commandments the LORD proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.1011
At the end of the forty days and forty nights,11 the LORD gave me the two stone tablets,12 the tablets of the covenant.
Then the LORD told me, "Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt.13 They have turned away quickly14 from what I commanded them and have made a cast idol for themselves."
And the LORD said to me, "I have seen this people15, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!
Let me alone,16 so that I may destroy them and blot out17 their name from under heaven.18 And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they."
So I turned and went down from the mountain while it was ablaze with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my hands.a1916
When I looked, I saw that you had sinned against the LORD your God; you had made for yourselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.20 You had turned aside quickly from the way that the LORD had commanded you.
So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.
Then once again I fell21 prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water,22 because of all the sin you had committed,23 doing what was evil in the LORD's sight and so provoking him to anger.
I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you.24 But again the LORD listened to me.2520
And the LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too.
Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust26 and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.2722
You also made the LORD angry28 at Taberah,29 at Massah30 and at Kibroth Hattaavah.3123
And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea,32 he said, "Go up and take possession33 of the land I have given you." But you rebelled34 against the command of the LORD your God. You did not trust35 him or obey him.
You have been rebellious against the LORD ever since I have known you.3625
I lay prostrate before the LORD those forty days and forty nights37 because the LORD had said he would destroy you.3826
I prayed to the LORD and said, "O Sovereign LORD, do not destroy your people,39 your own inheritance40 that you redeemed41 by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.4227
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness43 of this people, their wickedness and their sin.
Otherwise, the country44 from which you brought us will say, 'Because the LORD was not able to take them into the land he had promised them, and because he hated them,45 he brought them out to put them to death in the desert.'4629
But they are your people,47 your inheritance48 that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.49"