Passage Lookup: Exodus 32:6-35
New American Standard Version
So the next day they rose early and offered  burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the  people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to  play.
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go down  at once, for your people, whom you  brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted  themselves.
"They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They  have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have  sacrificed to it and said, `This   is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!' "
The  LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and behold, they are an   obstinate people.
"Now then let  Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I  will make of you a great nation."
Then Moses  entreated the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
"Why should the  Egyptians speak, saying, `With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.
"Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore  by Yourself, and said to them, `I will multiply  your descendants  as the stars of the heavens, and all  this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.' "
So  the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.
Then  Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets  which were written on both sides;  they were written on one side and the other.
The tablets were God's work, and the writing was God's writing engraved on the tablets.
Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as  they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp."
But he said, "It is not the sound of the cry of triumph, Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat; But the sound of singing I hear."
It came about, as soon as Moses  came near the camp, that he  saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses' anger burned, and he  threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at  the foot of the mountain.
He  took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it.
Then Moses said to Aaron, "What did this people do to you, that you have brought such great sin upon them?"
Aaron said, "Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that  they are prone  to evil.
"For they  said to me, `Make a  god for us who will go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'
"I said to them, `Whoever has any gold, let them tear it off.' So they gave it to me, and I  threw it into the fire, and out came this calf."
Now when Moses saw that the people were out  of control--for Aaron had let  them get  out of control to be a derision among their  enemies--
then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, "Whoever is for the LORD, come to me!" And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him.
He said to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.'  "
So the  sons of Levi did as  Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.
Then Moses said, "Dedicate  yourselves today to the LORD--for every man has been against his son and against his brother--in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today."
On the next day Moses said to the people, "You  yourselves have committed  a great sin; and now I am going up to the LORD, perhaps I can make  atonement for your sin."
Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Alas, this people has committed  a great sin, and they have made a  god  of gold for themselves.
"But now, if You will, forgive their sin--and if not, please blot me out from Your book  which You have written!"
The LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I  will blot him out of My book.
"But go now, lead the people where  I told you. Behold, My  angel shall go before you; nevertheless in  the day when I punish,  I  will punish  them for their sin."
Then  the LORD smote the people, because of what  they did with the calf which Aaron had made.
New American Standard Version
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