And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the
people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods,
which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the
land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of
your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and
brought them unto Aaron.
And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he
had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought
thee up out of the land of Egypt.
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.
And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought
peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou
broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have
made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and
said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of
And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a
Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may
consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot
against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great
power, and with a mighty hand?
Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out,
to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn
from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine
own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and
all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit
it for ever.
And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
And Moses turned, and went down 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.
And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven
upon the tables.
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses,
There is a noise of war in the camp.
And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the
voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I
And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf,
and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his
hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it
to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of
And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought
so great a sin upon them?
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that
they are set on mischief.
For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this
Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become
And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave
it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto
their shame among their enemies:)
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s
side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto
And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword
by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every
man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the
people that day about three thousand men.
For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man upon
his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned
a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement
for your sin.
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great
sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of
thy book which thou hast written.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out
of my book.
Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee:
behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will
visit their sin upon them.
And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.