Now when the people saw that Moses adelayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, "Come, bmake us a god who will go before us; as for cthis Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."
Aaron said to them, "aTear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me."
Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.
He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a amolten calf; and they said, "This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt."
Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord."
So the next day they rose early and aoffered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and bthe people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up cto play.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, "Go down at once, for your people, whom ayou brought up from the land of Egypt, have bcorrupted themselves.
"They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. aThey have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and bhave sacrificed to it and said, 'cThis is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'"
aThe Lord said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and behold, they are ban obstinate people.
"Now then alet Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and bI will make of you a great nation."
Then aMoses entreated the Lord his God, and said, "O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
"Why should athe Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.
"Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You aswore by Yourself, and said to them, 'I will bmultiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and call this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'"
aSo the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.
aThen Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, btablets which were written on both sides; they were written on one side and the other.
The tablets were God's work, and the writing was God's writing engraved on the tablets.
Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp."
But he said,