Bible: Exodus 32:19-35

32:19 When he approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses became extremely angry. 1  He threw the tablets from his hands and broke them to pieces at the bottom of the mountain. 2  32:20 He took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, ground it 3  to powder, poured it out on the water, and made the Israelites drink it. 4 

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; 5  you know these people, that they tend to evil. 6  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 7  to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.” 8 

32:25 Moses saw that the people were running wild, 9  for Aaron had let them get completely out of control, causing derision from their enemies. 10  32:26 So Moses stood at the entrance of the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come 11  to me.” 12  All the Levites gathered around him, 32:27 and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Each man fasten 13  his sword on his side, and go back and forth 14  from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and each one kill his brother, his friend, and his neighbor.’ 15 

32:28 The Levites did what Moses ordered, 16  and that day about three thousand men of the people died. 17  32:29 Moses said, “You have been consecrated 18  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.” 19 

32:30 The next day Moses said to the people, 20 You have committed a very serious sin, 21  but now I will go up to the Lordperhaps I can make atonement 22  on behalf of your sin.”

32:31 So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has committed a very serious sin, 23  and they have made for themselves gods of gold. 32:32 But now, if you will forgive their sin, 24  but if not, wipe me out 25  from your book that you have written.” 26  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, 27  my angel will go before you. But on the day that I punish, I will indeed punish them for their sin.” 28 

32:35 And the Lord sent a plague on the people because they had made the calf 29 the one Aaron made. 30 

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