Psalms 106:19

19 At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal.

Psalms 106:19 in Other Translations

19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
19 They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image.
19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai ; they bowed before an image made of gold.
19 They cast in metal a bull calf at Horeb and worshiped the statue they'd made.
19 At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped the cast metal image.

Psalms 106:19 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 106:19

They made a calf in Horeb
A golden one, of the earrings of gold which were in the ears of their wives, sons, and daughters; these they took and melted down, and cast into the figure of a calf, or an ox, as it is afterwards said, in imitation of the Egyptians, who worshipped the ox; a people that had used them ill, from whose bondage they were just delivered; on whom they had seen the judgments of God inflicted, and who were notoriously wicked and an idolatrous people, and yet these they imitated; and, which was still a greater aggravation, this they did in Horeb, the mountain in which God appeared in so terrible a manner, with thunder and lightnings, and in fire, out of which he spoke to them; and when he gave them a body of laws, among which were one that forbid the worshipping of graven images; and yet they made and worshipped one in this very place, from whence they received this law; as follows.

And worshipped the molten image;
when fashioned with a graving tool, and made a molten calf, they said, these be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee out of Egypt; and they brought their burnt offerings and peace offerings, and ate and drank before it, and danced about it; all which were acts of idolatrous worship, ( Exodus 32:1-6 ) ( 1 Corinthians 10:7 ) . This was so heinous a sin, that the Jews say it is not expiated to this day, and that there is no punishment comes upon them but there is an ounce of the golden calf in it F17.


F17 T. Hieros. Taanioth, fol. 80. 4.

Psalms 106:19 In-Context

17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram.
18 Fire blazed among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious God for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Exodus 32:4; Acts 7:41
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