Exodus 32:20

Overview - Exodus 32
The people, in the absence of Moses, cause Aaron to make a calf.
God informs Moses, who intercedes for Israel, and prevails.
15 Moses comes down with the tables.
19 He breaks them.
20 He destroys the calf.
22 Aaron's excuse for himself.
25 Moses causes the idolaters to be slain.
30 He prays for the people.
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Exodus 32:20  (King James Version)
And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

took the calf
How truly contemptible must the object of their idolatry appear, when they were obliged to drink their god, reduced to powder, and strewed on the water! Some have asked, how gold, the most ductile and ponderous of all metals, could have been stamped into dust, and strewed on the water. In Deuteronomy 9:21 ,this is fully explained. I took, says Moses, your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire; that is, melted it down, probably into ingots or gross plates, and stamped it, beat it into thin lamin, something like our gold leaf, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust, which might be very easily done by the action of the hands, when beat into thin plates or leaves as the original words {ekkoth,} and {dak,} imply.
Deuteronomy 7:5 Deuteronomy 7:25 ; 9:21 2 Kings 23:6 2 Kings 23:15

made the
Proverbs 1:31 ; 14:14