So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.
He took what they handed him and made it into an idol1 cast in the shape of a calf,2 fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods,a3 O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."45
When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, "Tomorrow there will be a festival5 to the LORD."
So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings.b6 Afterward they sat down to eat and drink7 and got up to indulge in revelry.87
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt,9 have become corrupt.108
They have been quick to turn away11 from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol12 cast in the shape of a calf.13 They have bowed down to it and sacrificed14 to it and have said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.'159
"I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked16 people.
Now leave me alone17 so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy18 them. Then I will make you into a great nation."1911
But Moses sought the favor20 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?2112
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'?22 Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster23 on your people.
Remember24 your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self:25 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars26 in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land27 I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.' "