The people, in the absence of Moses, cause Aaron to make a calf.
Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come downe out of the mount, the people gathered themselues together vnto Aaron, and said vnto him, Up, make vs gods which shall goe before vs: for as for this Moses, the man that brought vs vp out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. Exodus 32:2 And Aaron saide vnto them, Breake off the golden earerings which are in the eares of your wiues, of your sonnes, and of your daughters, and bring [them] vnto me. Exodus 32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earerings, which were in their eares, and brought [them] vnto Aaron. Exodus 32:4 And hee receiued [them] at their hand, and fashioned it with a grauing toole, after hee had made it a molten calfe: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee vp out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 32:5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it, and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow [is] a feast to the LORD. Exodus 32:6 And they rose vp early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings: and the people sate downe to eate and to drinke, and rose vp to play.
God is angered thereby.
Exodus 32:7 And the LORD said vnto Moses, Goe, get thee downe: for thy people which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, haue corrupted [themselues]. Exodus 32:8 They haue turned aside quickly out of the way which I commaunded them: they haue made them a molten Calfe, and haue worshipped it, and haue sacrificed thereunto, and saide, These bee thy gods, O Israel, which haue brought thee vp out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 32:9 And the LORD said vnto Moses, I haue seene this people, and behold, it is a stiffenecked people. Exodus 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may waxe hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
At the intreaty of Moses he is appeased.
Exodus 32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doeth thy wrath ware hot against thy people, which thou hast brought foorth out of the land of Egypt, with great power, and with a mighty hand? Exodus 32:12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speake and say, For mischiefe did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountaines, & to consume them from the face of the earth? Turne from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this euill against thy people. Exodus 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel thy seruants, to whom thou swarest by thine owne selfe, and saidest vnto them, I will multiply your seed as the starres of heauen: and all this land that I haue spoken of, will I giue vnto your seed, and they shall inherit it for euer. Exodus 32:14 And the LORD repented of the euill which he thought to doe vnto his people.
Exodus 32:15 And Moses turned, and went downe 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. Exodus 32:16 And the Tables were the worke of God; and the writing was the writing of God, grauen vpon the Tables. Exodus 32:17 And when Ioshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, hee said vnto Moses, [There is] a noise of warre in the campe. Exodus 32:18 And he said, [It is] not the voyce of them that shout for mastery, neither [is it] the voyce of them that cry for being ouercome: [but] the noyse of them that sing doe I heare.
He breaketh them.
Exodus 32:19 And it came to passe, assoone as he came nigh vnto the campe, that he saw the Calfe, and the dancing: and Moses anger waxed hot, and he cast the Tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
He destroyeth the calf.
Exodus 32:20 And he tooke the Calfe which they had made, and burnt [it] in the fire, and ground [it] to powder, and strawed [it] vpon the water, and made the children of Israel drinke [of it]. Exodus 32:21 And Moses said vnto Aaron, What did this people vnto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sinne vpon them?
Aaron's excuse for himself.
Exodus 32:22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord waxe hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischiefe. Exodus 32:23 For they said vnto me, Make vs gods which shall goe before vs: for as for this Moses, the man that brought vs vp out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. Exodus 32:24 And I said vnto them, Whosoeuer hath any gold, let them breake it off: So they gaue it mee: then I cast it into the fire, & there came out this Calfe.
Moses causeth the idolaters to be slain.
Exodus 32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked, (for Aaron had made them naked vnto their shame, amongst their enemies) Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the campe, and saide, Who is on the LORDS side? [let him come] vnto mee. And all the sonnes of Leui gathered themselues together vnto him. Exodus 32:27 And hee said vnto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put euery man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the campe, and slay euery man his brother, and euery man his companion, and euery man his neighbour. Exodus 32:28 And the children of Leui did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. Exodus 32:29 For Moses had said, Consecrate your selues to day to the LORD, [euen] euery man vpon his sonne, and vpon his brother, that he may bestow vpon you a blessing this day.
He prayeth for the people.
Exodus 32:30 And it came to passe on the morrow, that Moses said vnto the people, Ye haue sinned a great sinne: And now I will goe vp vnto the LORD; peraduenture I shall make an atonement for your sinne. Exodus 32:31 And Moses returned vnto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people haue sinned a great sinne, and haue made them gods of gold. Exodus 32:32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgiue their sinne; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy Booke, which thou hast written. Exodus 32:33 And the LORD said vnto Moses, Whosoeuer hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my Booke. Exodus 32:34 Therefore now goe, leade the people vnto [the place] of which I haue spoken vnto thee: Behold, mine Angel shall goe before thee; Neuerthelesse in the day when I visit, I will visit their sinne vpon them. Exodus 32:35 And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the Calfe, which Aaron made.