Exodus 32:25-35

25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.
26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.
27 Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ ”
28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.
29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”
30 The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
31 So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold.
32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
33 The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.
34 Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”
35 And the LORD struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.

Exodus 32:25-35 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter gives an account of the idolatry of the Israelites making and worshipping a golden calf, Ex 32:1-6 the information of it God gave to Moses, bidding him at the same time not to make any suit in their favour, that he might consume them, and make a large nation out Moses's family, Ex 32:7-10 the intercession of Moses for them, in which he succeeded, Ex 32:11-14 his descent from the mount with the two tables in his hands, accompanied by Joshua, when he was an eyewitness of their idolatry, which raised his indignation, that he cast the two tables out of his hands and broke them, took the calf and burnt it, and ground it to powder, and made the children of Israel drink of it, Ex 32:15-20 the examination of Aaron about the fact, who excused himself, Ex 32:21-24 the orders given to the Levites, who joined themselves to Moses, to slay every man his brother, which they did to the number of 3000 men, Ex 32:25-29 another intercession for them by Moses, which gained a respite of them for a time, for they are threatened to be visited still for their sin, and they were plagued for it, Ex 32:30-35.

Cross References 15

  • 1. S Genesis 38:23
  • 2. Numbers 25:3,5; Deuteronomy 33:9; Ezekiel 9:5
  • 3. 1 Samuel 12:20; Psalms 25:11; Psalms 85:2
  • 4. Leviticus 1:4; Leviticus 4:20,26; Leviticus 5:6,10,13; Leviticus 6:7; Numbers 25:13
  • 5. Exodus 34:9; Deuteronomy 9:18
  • 6. S Exodus 20:23
  • 7. Numbers 14:19
  • 8. Romans 9:3
  • 9. Psalms 69:28; Ezekiel 13:9; Daniel 7:10; Daniel 12:1; Malachi 3:16; S Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 21:27
  • 10. S Exodus 17:14; S Job 21:20; Revelation 3:5; Deuteronomy 29:20; Psalms 9:5
  • 11. S Exodus 15:17
  • 12. Exodus 3:17
  • 13. S Exodus 14:19; Exodus 23:20
  • 14. S Genesis 50:19; Deuteronomy 32:35; Psalms 89:32; Psalms 94:23; Psalms 99:8; Psalms 109:20; Isaiah 27:1; Jeremiah 5:9; Jeremiah 11:22; Jeremiah 23:2; Jeremiah 44:13,29; Hosea 12:2; Romans 2:5-6
  • 15. S ver 4
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