Now when the peoplesaw that Moses1delayed to comedown from the mountain, the peopleassembledaboutAaron and said to him, "Come, 2make us aa godwho will gobefore us; as for 3thisMoses, the manwhobrought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not knowwhat has become of him."
2Aaronsaid to them, "4Tearoff the goldringswhich are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me."
Then all the peopletoreoff the goldringswhich were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.
He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a gravingtool and made it into a 5moltencalf; and they said, "bThis is your god, O Israel, whobrought you up from the land of Egypt."
Now when Aaronsaw this, he built an altarbefore it; and Aaronmade a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD."
So the nextday they roseearly and 6offeredburntofferings, and broughtpeaceofferings; and 7the peoplesatdown to eat and to drink, and rose up 8to play.
Then the LORDspoke to Moses, "Gocdown at once, for your people, whom9you brought up from the land of Egypt, have 10corrupted themselves.
"They have quicklyturnedaside from the waywhich I commanded them. 11They have made for themselves a moltencalf, and have worshiped it and 12have sacrificed to it and said, 'd13This is your god, O Israel, whobrought you up from the land of Egypt!' "
914The LORDsaid to Moses, "I have seenthispeople, and behold, they are e15an obstinatepeople.
10"Now then 16let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and 17I will make of you a greatnation."
Then 18Mosesentreated the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does Your angerburn against Your peoplewhom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with greatpower and with a mightyhand?
12"Why should 19the Egyptiansspeak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth '? Turn from Your burninganger and change Your mindabout doing harm to Your people.
13"RememberAbraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You 20swore by Yourself, and said to them, 'I will 21multiply your fdescendants as the stars of the heavens, and 22allthisland of which I have spoken I will give to your gdescendants, and they shall inherit it forever.' "
1423So the LORDchanged His mindabout the harmwhich He said He would do to His people.
1524Then Mosesturned and wentdown from the mountain with the twotablets of the testimony in his hand, 25tablets which were written on bothhsides; they were written on one side and the other.
The tablets were God'swork, and the writing was God'swritingengraved on the tablets.
Now when Joshuaheard the sound of the peopleias they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp."
But he said, "It is not the sound of the cry of triumph, Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat; But the sound of singing I hear."
It came about, as soon as jMoses camenear the camp, that 26he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses'angerburned, and 27he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them kat the foot of the mountain.
2028He took the calfwhich they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder , and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israeldrink it.
Then Mosessaid to Aaron, "What did thispeopledo to you, that you have brought such greatsin upon them?"
22Aaronsaid, "Do not let the anger of my lordburn; you know the peopleyourself, 29that they are lprone to evil.
"For 30they said to me, 'Makema god for us who will gobefore us; for thisMoses, the manwhobrought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not knowwhat has become of him.'
"I said to them, 'Whoever has any gold, let them tear it off.' So they gave it to me, and 31I threw it into the fire, and out camethiscalf."
Now when Mosessaw that the people were nout of control -for Aaron had 32let them oget out of control to be a derision among ptheir enemies -
then Mosesstood in the gate of the camp, and said, "Whoever is for the LORD, come to me!" And all the sons of Levigathered together to him.
He said to them, "Thussays the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Everyman of you put his sword upon his thigh, and goback and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and killeveryman his brother, and everyman his friend, and everyman his qneighbor.' "
So 33the sons of Levididras Mosesinstructed, and about threethousandmen of the peoplefell that day.
Then Mosessaid, "sDedicateyourselvestoday to the LORD -for everyman has been against his son and against his brother -in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today."
On the nextdayMosessaid to the people, "34You yourselves have tcommitted a greatsin; and now I am going up to the LORD, perhaps I can 35makeatonement for your sin."
Then Mosesreturned to the LORD, and said, "Alas, thispeople has ucommitted a greatsin, and they have madeva 36god of gold for themselves.
"But now, if You will, forgive their sin -and if not, pleaseblot me out from Your 37bookwhich You have written!"
The LORDsaid to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, 38I will blot him out of My book.
"But gonow, lead the people39where I told you. Behold, 40My angel shall gobefore you; nevertheless 41in the day when I wpunish, 42I will xpunish them for their sin."
3543Then the LORDsmote the people, because of 44what they did with the calfwhichAaron had made.