The people, in the absence of Moses, cause Aaron to make a calf.
Exodus 32:1 And when the people sawe, that yt was longe or Moses came downe out of the mountayne, they gathred them selues together vnto Aaron, and sayd vnto hym: Up, make vs goddes to go before vs: for of this Moses (þe felowe that brought vs out of the lande of Egypt) we wote not what is become. Exodus 32:2 And Aaron sayde vnto them: plucke of the golden earynges which are in the eares of your wyues, your sonnes, and of your daughters: and bryng them vnto me. Exodus 32:3 And all the people plucked of the golden earynges, which they had in theyr eares, & brought them vnto Aaron. Exodus 32:4 And he receaued them of their handes, and fassyoned it with a grauer, and made of it a calfe of molten metall. And they sayde: These be thy goddes, O Israel, which brought the oute of the lande of Egipt. Exodus 32:5 And when Aaron sawe that, he made an aultare before it. And Aaron cryed, sayinge: to morowe is the holy daye of þe Lorde. Exodus 32:6 And they rose vp in the mornyng, & offred burntofferinges, and brought peace offeringes also. And the people sat them downe to eate and dryncke, and rose vp agayne to playe.
God is angered thereby.
Exodus 32:7 And þe Lorde sayd vnto Moses: go, get the downe: thy people which þu broughtest out of the lande of Egipt, Exodus 32:8 haue marred all, they are turned at once out of the waye, which I commaunded them: for they haue made them a calfe of molten metall, and haue worshypped it, and haue offered thereto, sayinge: These be thy goddes, O Israel, which hath brought the oute of the lande of Egipt. Exodus 32:9 And the Lorde sayde sayd vnto Moses: I haue sene this people: and beholde, it is a styffnecked people, Exodus 32:10 and nowe suffre me, that my wrath may waxe hote agaynst them, and consume them: and I wyll make of the a mightye people.
At the intreaty of Moses he is appeased.
Exodus 32:11 And Moses besought the Lord his God, and sayde: O Lorde, why doeth thy wrath waxe hote agaynst thy people, which thou hast brought oute of the lande of Egipte, wt greate power and with a mightye hande? Exodus 32:12 wherfore shulde the Egipcyans speake and saye: For a myschefe dyd he bryng them out euen for to sley them in the mountaynes, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turne from thy fearce wrath, and turne from thys euell (deuysed) agaynst thy people. Exodus 32:13 Remembre Abraham, Isaac and Israel thy seruauntes, to whom thou swareste by thyne awne selfe, and saydeste vnto them: I wyll multiplye your seede as the starres of heuen, and all this lande that I haue spoken of, wyll I geue vnto your seed: and they shall enheret it for euer. Exodus 32:14 And þe Lord refrayned him selfe from that euell which he sayd he wolde do vnto hys people.
Exodus 32:15 And Moses turned hys backe, and went downe from the hyll, and the two tables of witnesse were in hys hande: and the same tables were written on both the leaues, Exodus 32:16 and were the worcke of God, and the wrytynge was the wrytyng of God grauen in the tables. Exodus 32:17 And when Iosua hearde the noyse of the people, as they showted, he sayde vnto Moses: there is a noyse of warre in the host. Exodus 32:18 And he answered: it is not the crye of them that haue the mastry, nor of them that haue the worse: but I do heare the noyes of them that synge.
He breaketh them.
Exodus 32:19 And it fortuned, assoone as he came nye vnto the hooste, he sawe the calfe and the daunsynge, and Moses wrath waxed hote, and he cast the tables out of his handes, and brake them beneth the hyll.
He destroyeth the calf.
Exodus 32:20 And he toke the calfe which they had made, and burned it in the fyer, and stampte it vnto powder, and strawed it in the water, and made the chyldren of Israel dryncke of it. Exodus 32:21 And Moses sayde vnto Aaron: what dyd thys people vnto the, that thou hast brought so greate a synne vpon them?
Aaron's excuse for himself.
Exodus 32:22 And Aaron answered: let not the wrath of my Lorde waxe fearce, thou knowest the people that they are euen sett on myschefe: Exodus 32:23 For they sayde vnto me: make vs goddes to go before vs, for we wote not what is become of Moses, the felowe that brought vs out of the lande of Egipte. Exodus 32:24 And I sayd vnto them: let them that haue golde pluck it of, and bring it me: and I cast it into the fier: and therof came out thys calfe.
Moses causeth the idolaters to be slain.
Exodus 32:25 Moses therfore sawe that the people were naked (and that Aaron had made them naked vnto theyr shame amonge theyr enemyes) Exodus 32:26 and he went and stode in the gate of the hoste, and sayde: If any man pertayne vnto the Lorde, let him come to me. And all the sonnes of Leui gathered them selues together, Exodus 32:27 & came vnto him. And he sayde vnto them: Thus saith the Lorde God of Israel: put euery man his sweard by his syde, & go in and out, from gate to gate thorowout the hooste: and sleye euery man, his brother and euery man hys companyon, and euery man hys neyghboure. Exodus 32:28 And the chyldren of Leui dyd as Moses had sayde. And there fell of the people the same daye about .iij.M. men. Exodus 32:29 And Moses sayde: fyll your handes vnto þe Lorde this daye, euery man vpon hys sonne and vpon his brother and that ther maye be geuen you a blessing this daye.
He prayeth for the people.
Exodus 32:30 And on the morowe it fortuned þt Moses sayde vnto the people: Ye haue synned a great synne. And nowe I wyll go vp vnto the Lorde: yf paraduenture I maye purchace an atonement for your synne. Exodus 32:31 Moses therfore went agayne vnto the Lorde, & sayde: Oh, thys people haue synned a greate synne and haue made them goddes of golde. Exodus 32:32 And nowe I praye the, eyther forgeue them their synne: or (yf thou wilt not) wipe me out of thy booke, which thou hast wrytten. Exodus 32:33 And the Lorde sayd vnto Moses: I will put hym out of my booke that hath synned agaynst me. Exodus 32:34 And nowe go thou, brynge the people vnto the place which I sayde vnto þe: beholde, myne angell shall go before the. Neuerthelater in the daye when I vyset, I wyll vyset their synne vpon them. Exodus 32:35 And the Lorde plaged the people, because they made the calfe which Aaron made.