Now leave me alone1 so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy2 them. Then I will make you into a great nation."311
But Moses sought the favor4 of the LORD his God. "O LORD," he said, "why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?512
Why should the Egyptians say, 'It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth'?6 Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster7 on your people.
Remember8 your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self:9 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars10 in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land11 I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.' "
Then the LORD relented12 and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony13 in his hands.14 They were inscribed15 on both sides, front and back.
The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.1617
When Joshua17 heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, "There is the sound of war in the camp."
Moses replied: "It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear."
When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf18 and the dancing,19 his anger burned20 and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces21 at the foot of the mountain.
And he took the calf they had made and burned22 it in the fire; then he ground it to powder,23 scattered it on the water24 and made the Israelites drink it.