Exodus 32:31
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New International Version
So Moses went back to the LORD and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold.

New Living Translation
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, what a terrible sin these people have committed. They have made gods of gold for themselves.

English Standard Version
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold.

New American Standard Bible
Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves.

King James Bible
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, these people have committed a grave sin; they have made a god of gold for themselves.

International Standard Version
Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Please, LORD, this people committed a great sin by making a god of gold for themselves.

NET Bible
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Alas, this people has committed a very serious sin, and they have made for themselves gods of gold.

New Heart English Bible
Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made themselves gods of gold.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Moses went back to the LORD and said, "These people have committed such a serious sin! They made gods out of gold for themselves.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said: 'Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them a god of gold.

New American Standard 1977
Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Moses returned unto the LORD and said, I pray thee, for, this people who have sinned a great sin and have made themselves gods of gold,

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

American King James Version
And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

American Standard Version
And Moses returned unto Jehovah, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And returning to the Lord, he said: I beseech thee: this people hath sinned a heinous sin, and they have made to themselves gods of gold: either forgive them this trespass,

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses returned to Jehovah, and said, Alas, this people has sinned a great sin, and they have made themselves a god of gold!

English Revised Version
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

World English Bible
Moses returned to Yahweh, and said, "Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made themselves gods of gold.

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses turneth back unto Jehovah, and saith, 'Oh this people hath sinned a great sin, that they make to themselves a god of gold;
Study Bible
Moses Intercedes for Israel
30On the next day Moses said to the people, "You yourselves have committed a great sin; and now I am going up to the LORD, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin." 31Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. 32"But now, if You will, forgive their sin-- and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!"…
Cross References
Exodus 20:23
You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.

Nehemiah 9:18
"Even when they made for themselves A calf of molten metal And said, 'This is your God Who brought you up from Egypt,' And committed great blasphemies,
Treasury of Scripture

And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

returned

Exodus 34:28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did …

Deuteronomy 9:18,19 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and …

sinned

Exodus 32:30 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said to the people, …

Ezra 9:6,7,15 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to …

Nehemiah 9:33 However, you are just in all that is brought on us; for you have …

Daniel 9:5,8,11 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, …

made

Exodus 20:4,23 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any …

(31) Moses returned unto the Lord--i.e., re-ascended Sinai, to the place where he had passed the forty days and nights.

Gods of gold.--Rather, a god of gold. (Comp. Note 3 on Exodus 32:1.) The plural is one of dignity.

Verse 31. - Gods of gold. Rather "a god of gold." And Moses returned unto the Lord,.... On the mount where he was in the cloud:

and said, oh, this people have sinned a great sin; which to following words explain; he confesses the same to God he had charged the people with in Exodus 32:30,

and have made them gods of gold; the golden calf, which they themselves called "Elohim", gods. 32:30-35 Moses calls it a great sin. The work of ministers is to show people the greatness of their sins. The great evil of sin appears in the price of pardon. Moses pleads with God for mercy; he came not to make excuses, but to make atonement. We are not to suppose that Moses means that he would be willing to perish for ever, for the people's sake. We are to love our neighbour as ourselves, and not more than ourselves. But having that mind which was in Christ, he was willing to lay down his life in the most painful manner, if he might thereby preserve the people. Moses could not wholly turn away the wrath of God; which shows that the law of Moses was not able to reconcile men to God, and to perfect our peace with him. In Christ alone, God so pardons sin as to remember it no more. From this history we see, that no unhumbled, carnal heart, can long endure the holy precepts, the humbling truths, and the spiritual worship of God. But a god, a priest, a worship, a doctrine, and a sacrifice, suited to the carnal mind, will ever meet with abundance of worshippers. The very gospel itself may be so perverted as to suit a worldly taste. Well is it for us, that the Prophet like unto Moses, but who is beyond compare more powerful and merciful, has made atonement for our souls, and now intercedes in our behalf. Let us rejoice in his grace.
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