Exodus 32 ©
The people in the absence of Moses cause Aaron to make a calf. God is angered thereby. At the entreaty of Moses he is appeased. Moses cometh down with the tables: he breaketh them: he destroyeth the calf. Aaron's excuse for himself. Moses causeth the idolaters to be slain. He prayeth for the people. God's answer.
AND when the apeople saw that Moses bdelayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, cUp, 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.
They mhave 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 thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
rWherefore 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 thy fierce wrath, and srepent of this evil against thy people.
Remember tAbraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou uswarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, vand all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
¶And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that che saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' danger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
And Moses said unto Aaron, fWhat did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
For ithey 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 *wot not what is become of him.
And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand pmen.
Yet wnow, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, xblot me, I pray thee, yout of thy book which thou hast written.
Therefore now ago, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: bbehold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will cvisit their sin upon them.