The molten calf
32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of
the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron,
and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us;
for [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the
land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
32:2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden
earrings, which [are] in the ears of your wives, of your sons,
and of your daughters, and bring [them] unto me.
32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which
[were] in their ears, and brought [them] unto Aaron.
32:4 And he received [them] at their hand, and fashioned it
with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf and they
said, These [be] your gods, O Israel, which brought ya'll up out of
the land of Egypt.
32:5 And when Aaron saw [it], he built an altar before it;
and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow [is] a feast to
32:6 And they rose up early the next day, and offered burnt
offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down
to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get you down ; for
your people, which you brought out of the land of Egypt, have
32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I
commanded them they have made them a molten calf, and have
worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These
[be] your gods, O Israel, which have brought ya'll up out of the
land of Egypt.
32:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people,
and, behold, it [is] a stiff-necked people
32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot
against them, and that I may consume them and I will make of ya'll
a great nation.
32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD,
why does your wrath wax hot against your people, which you have
brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with
a mighty hand ?
32:12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For
mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains,
and to consume them from the face of the earth ? Turn from your
fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against your people.
Moses reminds God of his promise
32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to
whom you sware by your own self, and said unto them, I will
multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that
I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall
inherit [it] for ever.
32:14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to
do unto his people.
32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the
two tables of the testimony [were] in his hand the tables [were]
written on both their sides ; on the one side and on the other
[were] they written.
32:16 And the tables [were] the work of God, and the writing
[was] the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
32:17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they
shouted, he said unto Moses, [There is] a noise of war in the
32:18 And he said, [It is] not the voice of [them that] shout
for mastery, neither [is it] the voice of [them that] cry for
being overcome [but] the noise of [them that] sing do I hear.
Moses breaks the tables
32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came near unto the
camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing and Moses' anger
waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake
them beneath the mount.
32:20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt [it]
in the fire, and ground [it] to powder, and strawed [it] upon the
water, and made the children of Israel drink [of it].
32:21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto
ya'll, that you have brought so great a sin upon them?
32:22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot
you know the people, that they [are set] on mischief.
32:23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go
before us for [as for] this Moses, the man that brought us up out
of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
32:24 And I said unto them, Whosoever has any gold, let them
break [it] off. So they gave [it] me then I cast it into the
fire, and there came out this calf.
The idolaters slain
32:25 And when Moses saw that the people [were] loosed ; (for
Aaron had made them loosed unto [their] derision among their
32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who
[is] on the LORD'S side? [let him come] unto me. And all the sons
of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
32:27 And he said unto them, This says the LORD God of
Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, [and] go in and out
from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his
brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.
32:28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of
Moses and there fell of the people that day about three thousand
32:29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the
LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother ; that he
may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
32:30 And it came to pass the next day, that Moses said unto
the people, You have sinned a great sin and now I will go up unto
the LORD ; perhaps I shall make an atonement for your sin.
32:31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this
people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
32:32 Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not,
blot me, I pray you, out of your book which you have written.
32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever has sinned
against me, him will I blot out of my book.
32:34 Therefore now go, lead the people unto [the place] of
which I have spoken unto ya'll behold, mine Angel shall go before
ya'll nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin
32:35 And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the
calf, which Aaron made.
Exodus Index || Main Index
1 || Chapter 2 || Chapter 3 || Chapter
4 || Chapter 5 || Chapter
6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8 || Chapter
9 || Chapter 10
11 || |Chapter 12 || Chapter 13 || Chapter
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18 || Chapter
19 || Chapter 20
21 || Chapter 22 || Chapter 23 || Chapter
24 || Chapter 25 || Chapter
26 || Chapter 27 || Chapter 28 || Chapter
29 || Chapter 30
31 || Chapter 32 || Chapter 33 || Chapter
34 || Chapter 35 || Chapter
36 || Chapter 37 || Chapter 38 || Chapter
39 || Chapter 40