The people, in the absence of Moses, cause Aaron to make a calf.
Exodus 32:1 And when ye people sawe that it was log or Moyses came downe out of the mountaine, they gathered them selues together vnto Aaron, and sayd vnto hym, Up, make vs Gods to go before vs: for we wote not what is become of this Moyses, the man that brought vs out of the lande of Egypt. Exodus 32:2 And Aaron sayd vnto them: Plucke of the golden earynges which are in the eares of your wiues, of your sonnes, & of your daughters, & bring them vnto me. Exodus 32:3 And all the people plucked of the golden earinges which they had in their eares, and brought them vnto Aaron. Exodus 32:4 And he receaued them of their handes, & fashioned it with a grauer, & made of it a calfe of molten mettel: and they said, These be thy gods O Israel, which brought thee out of the lande of Egypt. Exodus 32:5 And when Aaron sawe that, he made an aulter before it, and Aaron made proclamation, saying: To morowe is the holy day of the Lorde. Exodus 32:6 And they rose vp in the mornyng, and offered burnt offeringes, and brought peace offeringes also: and the people sat them downe to eate and drinke, and rose vp agayne to play.
God is angered thereby.
Exodus 32:7 And the Lord sayd vnto Moyses: Go get thee downe, thy people which thou broughtest out of the lande of Egypt, hath marred all. Exodus 32:8 They are turned quickly out of the way whiche I commaunded them: for they haue made them a calfe of moulten mettall, and haue worshipped it, and haue offred thervnto, saying: These be thy goddes O Israel, whiche haue brought thee out of the lande of Egypt. Exodus 32:9 And the Lorde sayd vnto Moyses, I haue seene this people: and beholde, it is a styfnecked people. Exodus 32:10 And nowe suffer me, that my wrath may waxe whot against them, and consume them: and I wyll make of thee a mightie people.
At the intreaty of Moses he is appeased.
Exodus 32:11 And Moyses besought the Lorde his God, and sayd: O Lord, why doth thy wrath waxe whot agaynst thy people whiche thou hast brought out of the lande of Egypt with great power, and with a mightie hande? Exodus 32:12 Wherfore should the Egyptians speake and say: For a mischiefe dyd he bryng them out, euen for to slay them in the mountaynes, & to consume them from the face of the earth? Turne from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this euyll [deuise] agaynst thy people. Exodus 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isahac, and Israel thy seruauntes, to whom thou swarest by thy owne selfe, and saydest vnto them: I wyll multiplie your seede as the starres of heauen, and all this lande that I haue spoken of wyll I geue vnto your seede, and they shall inherite it for euer. Exodus 32:14 And the Lorde refrayned hym selfe from the euill whiche he sayd he would do vnto his people.
Exodus 32:15 And Moyses turned his backe, & went downe from the hyll, & the two tables of the testimonie were in his hande. Exodus 32:16 And the same tables were written in both the leaues, [euen] on the one side, & on the other, were they written: And these tables were the worke of God, and the writing was the writing of God, grauen in the tables. Exodus 32:17 And when Iosuah hearde the noyse of the people as they showted, he sayde vnto Moyses: [there is] a noyse of warre in the hoast. Exodus 32:18 And he aunswered: It is not the crie of them that haue the masterie, nor of the that haue the worse: [but] I do heare the noyse of them that sing.
He breaketh them.
Exodus 32:19 And assoone as he came nigh vnto the hoast, he sawe the calfe, and the daunsing: and Moyses wrath waxed whot, and he cast the tables out of his handes, and brake them beneath the hyll.
He destroyeth the calf.
Exodus 32:20 And he toke the calfe whiche they had made, and burned it in the fire, & stampt it into pouder, & strawed it in the water, & made the childre of Israel drinke of it. Exodus 32:21 And Moyses 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 aunswered, Let not the wrath of my Lorde waxe fierce: thou knowest the people that they are [euen] set on mischiefe. Exodus 32:23 For they sayde vnto me: Make vs goddes to go before vs, for we wote not what is become of Moyses, the man that brought vs out of ye land of Egypt. Exodus 32:24 And I said vnto them: Let them that haue gold, plucke it of: And thei brought it vnto me, and I did cast it into the fire, and therof came out this calfe.
Moses causeth the idolaters to be slain.
Exodus 32:25 Moyses therfore sawe that the people were naked (and that Aaron had made them naked vnto their shame, amongest their enemies) Exodus 32:26 And Moyses stode in the gate of the hoast, and sayd: Who [pertayneth] to the Lorde, [let hym come] vnto me. And all the sonnes of Leui gathered theselues together vnto hym. Exodus 32:27 And he said vnto them, Thus sayeth the Lord God of Israel: Put euery ma his sworde by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the hoast, and slay euery man his brother, & euery man his companion, and euery man his neighbour. Exodus 32:28 And the chyldre of Leui dyd as Moyses had said: And there fel of the people ye same day about three thousande men. Exodus 32:29 And Moyses sayd: Fill your handes vnto the Lord this day, euery man vpo his sonne, & vpo his brother, & that there may be geuen you a blessing this day.
He prayeth for the people.
Exodus 32:30 And on the morowe Moyses said vnto ye people, Ye haue sinned a great sinne: And nowe I will go vp vnto the Lord, peraduenture I may purchase an attonement for your sinne. Exodus 32:31 Moyses therefore went agayne vnto the Lorde, and sayde: Oh, this people haue sinned a great sinne, and haue made them gods of golde. Exodus 32:32 And nowe forgeue them their sinne: or if thou wylt not, wype me I pray thee out of thy booke whiche thou hast written. Exodus 32:33 And the Lorde sayd vnto Moyses: I wyll put hym out of my booke that hath sinned agaynst me. Exodus 32:34 And nowe go thou, bryng the people vnto the place whiche I said vnto thee, behold, mine angell shal go before thee: Neuerthelater, in that day when I visite, I wyl visite their sinne vpo them. Exodus 32:35 And the Lorde plagued the people, because they made the calfe whiche Aaron made.