1 And when the people saw that Moses a to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us b, which shall c before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we d not what is become of him.
2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the a 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 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a a calf: and they said, b be thy c, 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 proclamation, 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 a; and the b sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
7 ¶And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have a themselves:
8 They have a aside b out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a c 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 Egypt.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a a people:
10 Now therefore let me alone, that my a may wax hot against them, and that I may b them: and I will make of thee a great c.
11 And Moses 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 Wherefore should the a 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 b, and c of this evil against thy people.
13 Remember a, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou b by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will c your d as the stars of heaven, and all this e that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
14 a the Lord b of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
15 ¶And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two a 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 a were the work of God, and the b was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
17 And when a heard the noise of the people as they b, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.
18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that a, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.
19 ¶And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he a the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ b waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and c them beneath the mount.
20 And he took the a which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and b it upon the c, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
22 And Aaron said, Let not the a of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are b on c.
23 For they said unto me, a us b, 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.
25 ¶And when Moses saw that the people were a; (for Aaron had made them b unto their shame among their enemies:)
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 a 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 For Moses had said, a yourselves to day to the Lord, even every man upon his b, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a c this day.
30 ¶And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have a a great sin: and now I will go up unto the Lord; b I shall make an c for your sin.
31 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them a of gold.
32 Yet now, if thou wilt a their sin—; and if not, b me, I pray thee, out of thy c which thou hast d.
33 And the Lord said unto Moses, a hath b against me, him will I c of my d.
34 Therefore now go, a the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine b shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.
35 And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.