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Exodus 32:24

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!”

Read Exodus 32:24 Using Other Translations

And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
So I said to them, 'Let any who have gold take it off.' So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf."
So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—and out came this calf!”

What does Exodus 32:24 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 32:24

And I said unto them, whosoever hath any gold, let them
break it off
That is, any ear rings of gold, let them loose or take them off their ears:

so they gave [it] me;
of their own accord, as if unasked by him, though he had bid them bring it to him, ( Exodus 32:2 ) :

then I cast it into the fire;
to melt it, but says nothing of the mould the melted gold was poured into:

and there came out this calf;
he speaks of it as if the gold became in the form of a calf without any design, or without using any methods to put it in this form; but that it was a matter of chance, or rather something preternatural and miraculous; he speaks of it as if it was alive, and came out of itself: and indeed the Jews represent it as done by magic art, and by the operation of Satan, and speak of it as coming out alive, bellowing and dancing; and the Targum of Jonathan is,

``and I cast it into the fire, and Satan entered into the midst of it, and out of it came the likeness of this calf.''

Aaron says not a word of his fashioning it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf; but Moses learned this elsewhere, and has recorded it. What Moses thought of this apology is not said; it could not be satisfactory to him: and it is certain the conduct of Aaron in this affair was displeasing to God; and it seemed as if he would have destroyed him, had not Moses prayed for him, ( Deuteronomy 9:20 ) .
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