And the people saw that Moses delayed◦ to come··down from the mountain; and the people assembled to Aaron, and said to▵ him, Arise, make us gods which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man◦ who made us come··up out··of the land of Egypt, we know not what has become of◦ him.
they have turned··aside hastily from the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said, These are thy gods, O Israel, which made thee to come up out of the land of Egypt.
And Moses implored the faces of Jehovah his God, and said, Why, Jehovah, shall Thine anger be··fierce against◦ Thy people, whom Thou hast brought··out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a firm hand?
Why should the Egyptians say, saying, Into evil did He bring· them ·out, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume· them ·all from on the faces of the ground? Turn··back from the fierceness of Thine anger, and repent of the evil to Thy people.
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel Thy servants, to whom Thou promised by Thyself, and didst say to them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens, and all this land, of which I have said, I will give it to your seed, and they shall inherit it for an age.
And Moses turned· his ·face and came··down from the mountain, and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand; the tablets were written on their two crossings, from this side and from that▵ side they◦ were written.*
And he said to them, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Set ye every man◦ his sword upon his thigh, and pass· ye ·through and return from gate to gate in the camp, and kill ye, a man◦ his brother, and a man◦ his companion, and a man◦ his neighbor.