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Exodus 32:1-6 (New American Standard)

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The Golden Calf

1 Now when the people saw that Moses 1delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, "Come, 2make us aa god who will go before us; as for 3this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." 2 Aaron said to them, "4Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." 3 Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a 5molten calf; and they said, "bThis is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt." 5 Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD." 6 So the next day they rose early and 6offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and 7the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up 8to play.
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