Exodus 32:22

22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil.

Read Exodus 32:22 Using Other Translations

And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.
And Aaron said, "Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.
“Don’t get so upset, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know how evil these people are.

What does Exodus 32:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 32:22

And Aaron said, let not the anger of my lord wax hot
He addresses him in a very respectful manner, though his younger brother, being in a superior office, the chief ruler of the people, king in Jeshurun; and he perceived a violent emotion rising in him, great indignation in his countenance, and an high resentment of what was done, and therefore he entreats his patience to hear him, in a few words, what he had to say, and he begins with the well known character of the people:

thou knowest the people, that they [are] set on mischief;
or are "in wickedness" F17; wholly in it, and under the power and influence of it, given up to it, and bent upon it; and there was no restraining them from it; and he appeals to the knowledge of Moses himself for the truth of this, of which their several murmurings against him, since they came out of Egypt, were a proof; see ( 1 John 5:19 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F17 (erb) "in malo", Montanus, Drusius, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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