The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a terrible sin. But now I will again go up the mountain to the Lord; perhaps I can obtain forgiveness for your sin."
Moses then returned to the Lord and said, "These people have committed a terrible sin. They have made a god out of gold and worshiped it.
Please forgive their sin; but if you won't, then remove my name from the book in which you have written the names of your people." 1
The Lord answered, "It is those who have sinned against me whose names I will remove from my book.
Now go, lead the people to the place I told you about. Remember that my angel will guide you, but the time is coming when I will punish these people for their sin."
So the Lord sent a disease on the people, because they had caused Aaron to make the gold bull-calf.