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Exodus 32

MSG 1 When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, "Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt - who knows what's happened to him?" NIV 1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him." MSG 2 So Aaron told them, "Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me." NIV 2 Aaron answered them, "Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me." MSG 3 They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. NIV 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. MSG 4 He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool. The people responded with enthusiasm: "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!" NIV 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." MSG 5 Aaron, taking in the situation, built an altar before the calf. Aaron then announced, "Tomorrow is a feast day to God!" NIV 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, "Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD." MSG 6 Early the next morning, the people got up and offered Whole-Burnt-Offerings and brought Peace-Offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink and then began to party. It turned into a wild party! NIV 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. MSG 7 God spoke to Moses, "Go! Get down there! Your people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt have fallen to pieces. NIV 7 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. MSG 8 In no time at all they've turned away from the way I commanded them: They made a molten calf and worshiped it. They've sacrificed to it and said, 'These are the gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt!'" NIV 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.' MSG 9 God said to Moses, "I look at this people - oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! NIV 9 "I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked people. MSG 10 Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them. But I'll make a great nation out of you." NIV 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation." MSG 11 Moses tried to calm his God down. He said, "Why, God, would you lose your temper with your people? Why, you brought them out of Egypt in a tremendous demonstration of power and strength. NIV 11 But Moses sought the favor 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? MSG 12 Why let the Egyptians say, 'He had it in for them - he brought them out so he could kill them in the mountains, wipe them right off the face of the Earth.' Stop your anger. Think twice about bringing evil against your people! NIV 12 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'? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. MSG 13 Think of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants to whom you gave your word, telling them 'I will give you many children, as many as the stars in the sky, and I'll give this land to your children as their land forever.'" NIV 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.' " MSG 14 And God did think twice. He decided not to do the evil he had threatened against his people. NIV 14 Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. MSG 15 Moses turned around and came down from the mountain, carrying the two tablets of The Testimony. The tablets were written on both sides, front and back. NIV 15 Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. MSG 16 God made the tablets and God wrote the tablets - engraved them. NIV 16 The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. MSG 17 When Joshua heard the sound of the people shouting noisily, he said to Moses, "That's the sound of war in the camp!" NIV 17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, "There is the sound of war in the camp." MSG 18 But Moses said, Those aren't songs of victory, And those aren't songs of defeat, I hear songs of people throwing a party. NIV 18 Moses replied: "It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear." MSG 19 And that's what it was. When Moses came near to the camp and saw the calf and the people dancing, his anger flared. He threw down the tablets and smashed them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. NIV 19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. MSG 20 He took the calf that they had made, melted it down with fire, pulverized it to powder, then scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it. NIV 20 And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it. MSG 21 Moses said to Aaron, "What on Earth did these people ever do to you that you involved them in this huge sin?" NIV 21 He said to Aaron, "What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?" MSG 22 Aaron said, "Master, don't be angry. You know this people and how set on evil they are. NIV 22 "Do not be angry, my lord," Aaron answered. "You know how prone these people are to evil. MSG 23 They said to me, 'Make us gods who will lead us. This Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don't know what's happened to him.' NIV 23 They said to me, 'Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him.' MSG 24 "So I said, 'Who has gold?' And they took off their jewelry and gave it to me. I threw it in the fire and out came this calf." NIV 24 So I told them, 'Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.' Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf !" MSG 25 Moses saw that the people were simply running wild - Aaron had let them run wild, disgracing themselves before their enemies. NIV 25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. MSG 26 He took up a position at the entrance to the camp and said, "Whoever is on God's side, join me!" All the Levites stepped up. NIV 26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, "Whoever is for the LORD, come to me." And all the Levites rallied to him. MSG 27 He then told them, "God's orders, the God of Israel: 'Strap on your swords and go to work. Crisscross the camp from one end to the other: Kill brother, friend, neighbor.'" NIV 27 Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.' " MSG 28 The Levites carried out Moses' orders. Three thousand of the people were killed that day. NIV 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. MSG 29 Moses said, "You confirmed your ordination today - and at great cost, even killing your sons and brothers! And God has blessed you." NIV 29 Then Moses said, "You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day." MSG 30 The next day Moses addressed the people: "You have sinned an enormous sin! But I am going to go up to God; maybe I'll be able to clear you of your sin." NIV 30 The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin." MSG 31 Moses went back to God and said, "This is terrible. This people has sinned - it's an enormous sin! They made gods of gold for themselves. NIV 31 So Moses went back to the LORD and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. MSG 32 And now, if you will only forgive their sin. . . . But if not, erase me out of the book you've written." NIV 32 But now, please forgive their sin--but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written." MSG 33 God said to Moses, "I'll only erase from my book those who sin against me. NIV 33 The LORD replied to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. MSG 34 For right now, you go and lead the people to where I told you. Look, my Angel is going ahead of you. On the day, though, when I settle accounts, their sins will certainly be part of the settlement." NIV 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin." MSG 35 God sent a plague on the people because of the calf they and Aaron had made. NIV 35 And the LORD struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.