Exodus 32:3

3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.

Read Exodus 32:3 Using Other Translations

And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.
All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron.

What does Exodus 32:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 32:3

And all the people brake off the golden earrings, which
were in their ears
The men took off their earrings, and persuaded their wives and children, or obliged them to part with theirs; though the Targum of Jonathan says the women refused to give their ornaments to their husbands, therefore all the people immediately broke off all the golden ornaments which were in their ears {x}, so intent were they upon idolatry. This is to be understood not of every individual, but of the greatest part of the people; so apostle explains it of some of them, ( 1 Corinthians 10:7 ) . Idolaters spare no cost nor pains to support their worship, and will strip themselves, their wives, and children, of their ornaments, to deck their idols; which may shame the worshippers of the true God, who are oftentimes too backward to contribute towards the maintenance of his worship and service:

and brought [them] unto Aaron:
presently, the selfsame day; they soon forgot the commands enjoined them to have no other gods, save one, and to make no graven image to bow down to it, and their own words, ( Exodus 24:7 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F24 So Pirke Eliezer, c. 45.
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