1 The golden calf
1 And when the people saw that Moses ch. 24:18;Deut. 9:9delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Acts 7:40Up, make us gods, which shall ch. 13:21go 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.
2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the Judg. 8:24-27golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
4 ch. 20:23;Deut. 9:16;Judg. 17:3,4;1 Ki. 12:28;Neh. 9:18;Ps. 106:19;Acts 7:41And 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.
5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made Lev. 23:2,4,21,37;2 Ki. 10:20;2 Chr. 30:5proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord.
6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the 1 Cor. 10:7people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
7 And the Lord said unto Moses, Deut. 9:12;Dan. 9:24Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, Gen. 6:11,12have corrupted themselves:
8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which ch. 20:3,4,23I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, 1 Ki. 12:28These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, 2 Chr. 30:8;Is. 48:4;Acts 7:51I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
10 Now therefore Deut. 9:14,19let me alone, that ch. 22:24my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and Num. 14:12I will make of thee a great nation.
11 Deut. 9:18,26-29And Moses besought [a]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?
12 Num. 14:13Wherefore 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 ver. 14repent of this evil against thy people.
13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou Gen. 22:16;Heb. 6:13swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, Gen. 12:7;& 13:15;& 15:7,18;& 26:4;& 35:11,12I 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.
14 And the Lord 2 Sam. 24:16repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
15 And Deut. 9:15Moses 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.
16 And the ch. 31:18tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
17 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.
19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that Deut. 9:16,17he 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.
20 Deut. 9:21And 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 it.
21 And Moses said unto Aaron, Gen. 26:10What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: ch. 14:11thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.
23 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 of him.
24 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.
26 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 him.
27 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 Num. 25:5slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
29 1 Sam. 15:18,22;Prov. 21:3;Zech. 13:3[d] because every man hath been against his son, and against his brother, etc.For Moses had said, [e]Consecrate yourselves to day to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
30 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, 1 Sam. 12:20,23Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the Lord; 2 Sam. 16:12peradventure I shall Num. 25:13make an atonement for your sin.
31 And Moses Deut. 9:18returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have ch. 20:23made them gods of gold.
32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, Ps. 69:28;Rom. 9:3blot me, I pray thee, Dan. 12:1;Phil. 4:3;Rev. 3:5;& 21:27out of thy book which thou hast written.
33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Lev. 23:30;Ezek. 18:4Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
34 Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: ch. 33:2,14behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless Deut. 32:35;Rom. 2:5,6in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.
35 And the Lord plagued the people, because 2 Sam. 12:9they made the calf, which Aaron made.
36 The renewal of the covenant
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