The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a terrible sin, but I will go back up to the LORD on the mountain. Perhaps I will be able to obtain forgiveness for your sin.”
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a terrible sin these people have committed. They have made gods of gold for themselves.
But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!”
But the LORD replied to Moses, “No, I will erase the name of everyone who has sinned against me.
Now go, lead the people to the place I told you about. Look! My angel will lead the way before you. And when I come to call the people to account, I will certainly hold them responsible for their sins.”
Then the LORD sent a great plague upon the people because they had worshiped the calf Aaron had made.