Bible: Exodus 32:15-35

32:15 Moses turned and went down from the mountain with 1  the two tablets of the testimony in his hands. The tablets were written on both sides – they were written on the front and on the back. 32:16 Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. 32:17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, 2  he said to Moses, “It is the sound of war in the camp! 32:18 Moses 3  said, “It is not the sound of those who shout for victory, 4  nor is it the sound of those who cry because they are overcome, 5  but the sound of singing 6  I hear.” 7 

32:19 When he approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses became extremely angry. 8  He threw the tablets from his hands and broke them to pieces at the bottom of the mountain. 9  32:20 He took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, ground it 10  to powder, poured it out on the water, and made the Israelites drink it. 11 

32:21 Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you, that you have brought on them so great a sin? 32:22 Aaron said, “Do not let your anger burn hot, my lord; 12  you know these people, that they tend to evil. 13  32:23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods that will go before us, for as for this fellow Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’ 32:24 So I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, break it off.’ So they gave it 14  to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.” 15 

32:25 Moses saw that the people were running wild, 16  for Aaron had let them get completely out of control, causing derision from their enemies. 17  32:26 So Moses stood at the entrance of the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come 18  to me.” 19  All the Levites gathered around him, 32:27 and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Each man fasten 20  his sword on his side, and go back and forth 21  from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and each one kill his brother, his friend, and his neighbor.’ 22 

32:28 The Levites did what Moses ordered, 23  and that day about three thousand men of the people died. 24  32:29 Moses said, “You have been consecrated 25  today for the Lord, for each of you was against his son or against his brother, so he has given a blessing to you today.” 26 

32:30 The next day Moses said to the people, 27 You have committed a very serious sin, 28  but now I will go up to the Lordperhaps I can make atonement 29  on behalf of your sin.”

32:31 So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has committed a very serious sin, 30  and they have made for themselves gods of gold. 32:32 But now, if you will forgive their sin, 31  but if not, wipe me out 32  from your book that you have written.” 33  32:33 The Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me – that person I will wipe out of my book. 32:34 So now go, lead the people to the place I have spoken to you about. See, 34  my angel will go before you. But on the day that I punish, I will indeed punish them for their sin.” 35 

32:35 And the Lord sent a plague on the people because they had made the calf 36 the one Aaron made. 37 

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