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The Golden Calf...
And when the people saw that Mosheh was so long in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aharon, and said to him, `Arise, make us mighty ones who go before us. For this Mosheh, the man who brought us up out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what has become of him.`
And Aharon said to them, 'Take off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.'
'And all the people took off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aharon.
And he took this from their hand, and he formed it with an engraving tool, and made a moulded calf. And they said, 'This is your mighty one, O Yisra'el, that brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim!'
And Aharon saw and built an altar before it. And Aharon called out and said, 'Tomorrow is a festival to YHWH.'
And they rose early on the next day, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
And YHWH said to Mosheh, 'Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Mitsrayim have corrupted themselves.
'They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a moulded calf, and have bowed themselves to it and slaughtered to it, and said, 'This is your mighty one, O Yisra'el, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim!''
And YHWH said to Mosheh, 'I have seen this people, and see, it is a stiff-necked people!
'And now, let Me alone, that My wrath might burn against them and I consume them and I make of you a great nation.'
But Mosheh pleaded with YHWH his Elohim, and said, ' YHWH, why does Your wrath burn against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Mitsrayim with great power and with a strong hand?
'Why should the Mitsrites speak, and say, 'For evil He brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from the heat of Your wrath, and relent from this evil to Your people.
'Remember Abraham, Yitshaq, and Yisra'el, Your servants, to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, 'I increase your seed like the stars of the heavens. And all this land that I have spoken of I give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.''
And YHWH relented from the evil which He said He would do to His people.
And Mosheh turned and went down from the mountain, and in his hand were the two tablets of the Witness, tablets written on both their sides, written on the one and on the other.
And the tablets were the work of Elohim, and the writing was the writing of Elohim engraved on the tablets.
And Yehoshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted and he said to Mosheh, `A noise of battle in the camp!`
But he said, 'It is not the sound of those who shout of might, nor is it the sound of those who cry out in weakness, but the sound of singing that I hear.'
And it came to be, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. And Mosheh's displeasure burned, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
And he took the calf which they had made, and burned it in the fire, and ground it into powder, and scattered it on the face of the water and made the children of Yisra'el drink it.
And Mosheh said to Aharon, 'What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?'
And Aharon said, 'Do not let the displeasure of my master burn. You know the people, that it is in evil.
'And they said to me, 'Make us mighty ones who go before us. For this Mosheh, the man who brought us out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what has become of him.'
'And I said to them, 'Whoever has gold, let them take it off.' And they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.'
And Mosheh saw that the people were let loose, for Aharon had let them loose, to their shame among their enemies.
And Mosheh stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, 'Who is for YHWH? Come to me.' And all the sons of Lewi gathered themselves to him.
And he said to them, 'Thus said YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el: 'Each one put his sword on his side, pass over to and fro from gate to gate in the camp, and each one slay his brother, and each one his friend, and each one his relative.''
And the sons of Lewi did according to the word of Mosheh. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day.
And Mosheh said, 'You are ordained for YHWH today - since each one has been against his son and his brother - so as to bring upon you a blessing today.'
And it came to be on the next day that Mosheh said to the people, 'You, you have sinned a great sin. And now I am going up to YHWH - if I might atone for your sin.'
And Mosheh returned to YHWH and said, 'Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and have made for themselves a mighty one of gold!
`And now, if You would forgive their sin, but if not, please blot me out of Your book which You have written.`
And YHWH said to Mosheh, 'Whoever has sinned against Me, I blot him out of My book.
'And now, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. See, My Messenger goes before you. And in the day of My visitation I shall visit their sin upon them.'
And YHWH plagued the people because they made the calf, which Aharon made.