Exodus 32:22
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New International Version
"Do not be angry, my lord," Aaron answered. "You know how prone these people are to evil.

New Living Translation
"Don't get so upset, my lord," Aaron replied. "You yourself know how evil these people are.

English Standard Version
And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.

Berean Study Bible
“Do not be enraged, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know that the people are intent on evil.

New American Standard Bible
Aaron said, "Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are prone to evil.

King James Bible
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.

Christian Standard Bible
"Don't be enraged, my lord," Aaron replied. "You yourself know that the people are intent on evil.

Contemporary English Version
Aaron answered: Don't be angry with me. You know as well as I do that they are determined to do evil.

Good News Translation
Aaron answered, "Don't be angry with me; you know how determined these people are to do evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be enraged, my lord," Aaron replied. "You yourself know that the people are intent on evil.

International Standard Version
Aaron said, "Sir, don't be angry. You know the people—that they're intent on evil.

NET Bible
Aaron said, "Do not let your anger burn hot, my lord; you know these people, that they tend to evil.

New Heart English Bible
Aaron said, "Do not let the anger of my lord grow hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't be angry, sir," Aaron answered. "You know that these people are evil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Aaron said: 'Let not the anger of my lord wax hot; thou knowest the people, that they are set on evil.

New American Standard 1977
And Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are prone to evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Aaron answered, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot; thou knowest the people that they are inclined to evil.

King James 2000 Bible
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord grow hot: you know the people, that they are set on mischief.

American King James Version
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: you know the people, that they are set on mischief.

American Standard Version
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are'set on evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he answered him: Let not my lord be offended: for thou knowest this people, that they are prone to evil.

Darby Bible Translation
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord burn! thou knowest the people, that they are [set] on mischief.

English Revised Version
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people that they are set on mischief.

World English Bible
Aaron said, "Don't let the anger of my lord grow hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.

Young's Literal Translation
and Aaron saith, 'Let not the anger of my lord burn; thou -- thou hast known the people that it is in evil;
Study Bible
Moses Breaks the Tablets
21“What did this people do to you,” Moses asked Aaron, “that you have led them into so great a sin?” 22“Do not be enraged, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know that the people are intent on evil. 23They told me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him!’…
Cross References
Genesis 44:18
Then Judah approached Joseph and said, "Sir, please let your servant speak personally to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, for you are an equal to Pharaoh.

Exodus 32:21
"What did this people do to you," Moses asked Aaron, "that you have led them into so great a sin?"

Deuteronomy 9:24
You have been rebelling against the LORD from the day I knew you.

1 Samuel 15:15
Saul answered, "The troops brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but the rest we utterly destroyed."

1 Samuel 15:21
The troops took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of which was devoted to destruction to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal."

Treasury of Scripture

And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: you know the people, that they are set on mischief.

knowest

Exodus 14:11 And they said to Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, have …

Exodus 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

Exodus 16:2-4,20,28 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against …

Exodus 17:2-4 Why the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that …

Deuteronomy 9:7,24 Remember, and forget not, how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath …

that they are

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the …

Psalm 36:4 He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is …

Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep …







(22-24) Aaron's conduct was really without excuse; but he attempts two pleas--the first insufficient, the second false and fatuous. (1) The people compelled him; they were "set on mischief;" they made the proposal--they would have it so. (2) He threw the gold into the furnace, and "it came out a calf," as if he had not ordered the construction of the mould. In Deuteronomy, Moses informs us that Aaron's whole conduct so angered God that God would have destroyed him but for his own intercession (Deuteronomy 9:20).

Verse 22. - Let not the anger of my lord wax hot. Aaron's humility is extreme, and the result of a consciousness of guilt. He nowhere else addresses Moses as "my lord." Set on mischief. Or "inclined to evil" (Kalisch). And Aaron said, let not the anger of my lord wax hot,.... He addresses him in a very respectful manner, though his younger brother, being in a superior office, the chief ruler of the people, king in Jeshurun; and he perceived a violent emotion rising in him, great indignation in his countenance, and an high resentment of what was done, and therefore he entreats his patience to hear him, in a few words, what he had to say, and he begins with the well known character of the people:

thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief; or are "in wickedness" (q); wholly in it, and under the power and influence of it, given up to it, and bent upon it; and there was no restraining them from it; and he appeals to the knowledge of Moses himself for the truth of this, of which their several murmurings against him, since they came out of Egypt, were a proof; see 1 John 5:19.

(q) "in malo", Montanus, Drusius, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 22. And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot—Aaron cuts a poor figure, making a shuffling excuse and betraying more dread of the anger of Moses than of the Lord (compare De 9:20).32:21-29 Never did any wise man make a more frivolous and foolish excuse than that of Aaron. We must never be drawn into sin by any thing man can say or do to us; for men can but tempt us to sin, they cannot force us. The approach of Moses turned the dancing into trembling. They were exposed to shame by their sin. The course Moses took to roll away this reproach, was, not by concealing the sin, or putting any false colour upon it, but by punishing it. The Levites were to slay the ringleaders in this wickedness; yet none were executed but those who openly stood forth. Those are marked for ruin who persist in sin: those who in the morning were shouting and dancing, before night were dying. Such sudden changes do the judgments of the Lord sometimes make with sinners that are secure and jovial in their sin.
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