The people, in the absence of Moses, cause Aaron to make a calf.
Exodus 32:1 And whan the people saw that it was long or Moses came down out of the mountaine, they gathered theym selues together and came vnto Aaron and sayd vnto him. Vp and make vs a God to goo before vs: for of thys Moises the felow that brought vs out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become. Exodus 32:2 And Aaron sayd vnto them: plucke of the golden earynges whyche are in the eares of youre wyues, youre sonnes and of youre daughters: and brynge them vnto me. Exodus 32:3 And all the people plucked of the golden earinges that were in their eares, and broughte them vnto Aaron. Exodus 32:4 And he receiued them of their hands and facyoned it wyth a grauer & made it a calfe of molten metall. And they sayde This is thy God O Israel, which brought the out of the land of Egypte. Exodus 32:5 And when Aaron sawe that, he made an altare before it, & made a proclamacion saiynge to morrow shalbe holye day vnto the Lorde. Exodus 32:6 And they rose vp in the mornynge and offred burntoffringes, and brought offrynges of attonemente also. And than they satte them doune to eate and drinke, and rose vp agayne to play.
God is angered thereby.
Exodus 32:7 Then the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: goo get the downe, for thy people whyche thou broughtest oute of the lande of Egypte Exodus 32:8 haue marred all, they are turned at once out of the waye whihe I commaunded them: and haue made them a calfe of molten metall, & haue worshipped it and haue offred therto & saied Thys is thy God thou Israell, whyche hath brought the out of the lande of Egypte. Exodus 32:9 And the Lord sayd vnto Moyses: beholde I se this people that it is a styfe necked people, Exodus 32:10 & and nowe therfore suffer me that my wrath may waxe hote vpon them, and that I may consume them and then wyl I make of the a mightye people.
At the intreaty of Moses he is appeased.
Exodus 32:11 Then Moyses besoughte the Lorde hys God and sayde: O Lorde, why shoulde thy wrath waxe hote vpon thy people whiche thou hast brought out of the Lande of Egipt wt great power and with a mighty hande? Exodus 32:12 wherfore shuld the Egyptians speake & say: For a mychefe dyd he brynge them out: euen for to slee them in the mountayns, and to consume them from the face of the earth. Turne from thy fearse wrath, and haue compassion ouer the wickednesse of thy people. Exodus 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel thy seruauntes, to whom thou sworest by thyne owne selfe & saidest vnto them. I wyll multiplye youre seed as the starres of heauen, and all thys lande which I haue sayd, I wyll geue vnto youre seede: and they shal enheret it for euer Exodus 32:14 And the Lord refrained him selfe from þe euil whych he sayed he wold do vnto his people.
Exodus 32:15 And Moses turned hys backe and wente downe from the hyl, and the .ij. tables of witnesse in his hand: which were written on both the leaues Exodus 32:16 and were the worcke of God, and the wrytynge was the writynge of God grauen vpon the tables. Exodus 32:17 And when Iosua herde the noyse of þe people as they shouted, he said vnto Moses: there is a noyse of warre in the hoste. Exodus 32:18 And he sayde: it is not the crye of them that haue the masterye, nor of them that haue the worse; but I doo heare the noyse of syngynge.
He breaketh them.
Exodus 32:19 And as soone as he came nie vnto the host and sawe the calfe and the daunsynge, hys wrath waxed hote, and he cast the tables out of his hande, and brake them euen at the hylle fote.
He destroyeth the calf.
Exodus 32:20 And he toke the calfe whyche they had made and burned it wyth fyre, and stampte it vnto powder and strawed it in the water & made the children of Israel drynke. Exodus 32:21 And than Moses sayde vnto Aaron: what dyd thys people vnto the that thou haste broughte so great a synne vpon them.
Aaron's excuse for himself.
Exodus 32:22 And Aaron sayde: let not the wrath of my Lorde waxe fearse, thou knowest the people that they are euen sett on myschefe: Exodus 32:23 they sayde vnto me: make vs a God to go before vs, for we wote not what is become of Moses the felow that brought vs out of the land of Egypte. Exodus 32:24 And I sayde vnto them: let them that haue golde, take and brynge it me: and I cast it into the fyre, and there of came oute thys calfe.
Moses causeth the idolaters to be slain.
Exodus 32:25 When Moses sawe that the people were naked (for Aaron had made them naked vnto their shame when they made insurrection) Exodus 32:26 he went & stode in the gate of the hoste & sayde: If any man pertayne vnto the Lord, let him come to me. And all the sonnes of Leui gathered them selues together and came vnto him. Exodus 32:27 And he sayd vnto them, thus sayeth the Lorde of Israel put euery man his swerde by hys syde, and go in and out from gate to gate thorow out the hoste: & slee euery man his brother, euery man his frende and euery man his neighbour. Exodus 32:28 And the chyldren of Leui dyd as Moses had sayde. And there were slayne of the people the same daye, aboute thre thousande men. Exodus 32:29 Then Moyses said: fyl your handes vnto the Lord thys day, euery man vpon hys sonne & vpon his brother: to brynge vpon you a blessyng this day.
He prayeth for the people.
Exodus 32:30 And on the morowe, Moyses sayde vnto þe people: Ye haue sinned a great synne. But now I wyll goo vp vnto the Lorde, to wytt whether I can make an attonement for your synne. Exodus 32:31 And Moses went agayne vnto the Lorde & sayd: Oh, thys people haue synned a great synne & haue made them a god of gold: Exodus 32:32 Yet forgeue them their synne I praye the: If not wype me out of thy boke which thou hast written. Exodus 32:33 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: I wyl put hym out of my boke that hath sinned agaynst me. Exodus 32:34 But go & bryng the people vnto the land which I sayd vnto the: behold, myne angel shall go before the. Neuerthelater in the daye when I vyset. I wyll vyset their synne vpon them. Exodus 32:35 And the Lord plaged the people, because they made þe calf whych Aaron made.