Exodus 32:1-4 NIV

The Golden Calf

1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain,1 they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us godsa who will go before2 us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him."3

References for Exodus 32:1

    • a 32:1 - Or "a god "; also in verses 23 and 31
      2 Aaron answered them, "Take off the gold earrings4 that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me."

      References for Exodus 32:2

      3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.
      4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol5 cast in the shape of a calf,6 fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods,b7 O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."8

      References for Exodus 32:4

        • b 32:4 - Or "This is your god "; also in verse 8