18 Mar 2021
The Lord said to Moses, â€˜Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, â€œThese are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!â€ â€™ The Lord said to Moses, â€˜I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.â€™
But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, â€˜O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, â€œIt was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earthâ€? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, â€œI will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.â€ â€™ And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.