Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

出埃及 32

金牛犊

1百姓见摩西迟迟没有下山,就聚集到亚伦那里,对他说:“领我们离开埃及的那个摩西不知怎样了,你给我们造神像来带领我们吧。” 亚伦对他们说:“你们去摘下妻子、儿女的金耳环,拿来给我。” 百姓就都摘下金耳环交给亚伦。 亚伦用这些金耳环铸造了一头牛犊。他们说:“以色列人啊,这就是把你们带出埃及的神明。” 亚伦见状,便在牛犊前面筑了一座坛,然后宣告说:“明天是耶和华定的节期。” 第二天清晨,百姓都上前来献燔祭和平安祭,献完祭后就坐下吃喝,起来狂欢。

耶和华对摩西说:“你快下山吧,你的百姓,就是你从埃及领出来的那些人已经败坏了。 他们这么快就偏离了我吩咐他们走的道路,为自己造了一头牛犊来叩拜献祭,说,‘以色列人啊,这就是把你们带出埃及的神明。’” 耶和华又说:“我看到了,这些百姓真是顽固不化。 10 你不要阻止我,我要向他们发烈怒,毁灭他们。我要使你的后代成为大国。”

11 摩西恳求他的上帝耶和华说:“耶和华啊,你为什么要向你的子民发烈怒呢?这些子民是你亲自用神迹和大能从埃及领出来的。 12 难道你要让埃及人议论说你领他们出来是出于恶意,是为了在山野之间杀掉他们,从地上灭绝他们吗?求你息怒,施怜悯,不要降祸给你的子民。 13 求你顾念你的仆人亚伯拉罕、以撒和以色列,你曾凭自己向他们起誓说,‘我必使你们的后代像天上的星星那么多。我应许给你们后代的这整片土地,我必赐给他们作永远的产业。’” 14 耶和华听了摩西的话,就心生怜悯,不把所说的灾祸降在百姓身上。

15 摩西转身下山,手里拿着两块石版,石版的正反两面都有字。 16 石版是上帝做的,字是上帝刻的。 17 约书亚听见山下百姓嘈杂的喊叫声,便对摩西说:“营地里有打仗的声音。” 18 摩西对他说:“这不是打胜仗的声音,也不是打败仗的声音,而是狂欢的声音。” 19 摩西走近营地的时候,看见牛犊,又看见百姓在跳舞,心中大怒,便把手上的两块石版摔碎在山脚下, 20 又把他们铸造的牛犊熔化掉,磨成粉末撒在水面上,叫以色列百姓喝。 21 摩西对亚伦说:“这些百姓对你做了什么?你竟使他们陷入大罪中!” 22 亚伦回答说:“求我主不要动怒,你知道这些人专门作恶。 23 他们对我说,‘为我们造神明来带领我们吧,因为领我们离开埃及的那个摩西不知怎样了。’ 24 于是,我吩咐他们摘下金耳环给我,我把这些金耳环丢进火里,这头牛犊就出来了。”

25 摩西见百姓放肆,亚伦纵容他们,使他们成为敌人的笑柄, 26 便站在营门口对会众说:“凡跟从耶和华的,都站到我这边来。”所有的利未人都聚集到摩西身边。 27 摩西对他们说:“以色列的上帝耶和华这样说,‘你们各人带着刀,从这个门到那个门,走遍整个营,不论遇见的是兄弟、伙伴还是邻居,只管杀他们。’” 28 利未人便照摩西的话去做。那一天,约有三千人被杀。 29 摩西对利未人说:“今天你们已经把自己奉献给耶和华了,因为你们大义灭亲,祂必赐福给你们。”

30 第二天,摩西对百姓说:“你们犯了大罪,我现在要到耶和华那里,也许可以为你们求得赦免。” 31 摩西回到耶和华那里,说:“唉,百姓犯了大罪,用金子为自己造了神像。 32 恳求你赦免他们的罪,不然请你从你的册子上抹掉我的名字吧。” 33 耶和华对摩西说:“谁得罪我,我就从我的册子上抹掉谁的名字。 34 你现在回去带领这些百姓,往我指示你的地方去,我的天使必在你前面引路。只是到我惩罚的日子,我必因他们的罪惩罚他们。”

35 耶和华击杀百姓,是因为他们曾与亚伦一起造牛犊。

The Message

Exodus 32

“Make Gods for Us”

1When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?”

2-4 So Aaron told them, “Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.” They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool.

The people responded with enthusiasm: “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!”

Aaron, taking in the situation, built an altar before the calf.

Aaron then announced, “Tomorrow is a feast day to God!”

Early the next morning, the people got up and offered Whole-Burnt-Offerings and brought Peace-Offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink and then began to party. It turned into a wild party!

7-8 God spoke to Moses, “Go! Get down there! Your people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt have fallen to pieces. In no time at all they’ve turned away from the way I commanded them: They made a molten calf and worshiped it. They’ve sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are the gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt!’”

9-10 God said to Moses, “I look at this people—oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them. But I’ll make a great nation out of you.”

11-13 Moses tried to calm his God down. He said, “Why, God, would you lose your temper with your people? Why, you brought them out of Egypt in a tremendous demonstration of power and strength. Why let the Egyptians say, ‘He had it in for them—he brought them out so he could kill them in the mountains, wipe them right off the face of the Earth.’ Stop your anger. Think twice about bringing evil against your people! Think of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants to whom you gave your word, telling them ‘I will give you many children, as many as the stars in the sky, and I’ll give this land to your children as their land forever.’”

14 And God did think twice. He decided not to do the evil he had threatened against his people.

15-16 Moses turned around and came down from the mountain, carrying the two tablets of The Testimony. The tablets were written on both sides, front and back. God made the tablets and God wrote the tablets—engraved them.

17 When Joshua heard the sound of the people shouting noisily, he said to Moses, “That’s the sound of war in the camp!”

18 But Moses said,

Those aren’t songs of victory,
And those aren’t songs of defeat,
I hear songs of people throwing a party.

19-20 And that’s what it was. When Moses came near to the camp and saw the calf and the people dancing, his anger flared. He threw down the tablets and smashed them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf that they had made, melted it down with fire, pulverized it to powder, then scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.

21 Moses said to Aaron, “What on Earth did these people ever do to you that you involved them in this huge sin?”

22-23 Aaron said, “Master, don’t be angry. You know this people and how set on evil they are. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. This Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what’s happened to him.’

24 “So I said, ‘Who has gold?’ And they took off their jewelry and gave it to me. I threw it in the fire and out came this calf.”

25-26 Moses saw that the people were simply running wild—Aaron had let them run wild, disgracing themselves before their enemies. He took up a position at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is on God’s side, join me!” All the Levites stepped up.

27 He then told them, “God’s orders, the God of Israel: ‘Strap on your swords and go to work. Crisscross the camp from one end to the other: Kill brother, friend, neighbor.’”

28 The Levites carried out Moses’ orders. Three thousand of the people were killed that day.

29 Moses said, “You confirmed your ordination today—and at great cost, even killing your sons and brothers! And God has blessed you.”

30 The next day Moses addressed the people: “You have sinned an enormous sin! But I am going to go up to God; maybe I’ll be able to clear you of your sin.”

31-32 Moses went back to God and said, “This is terrible. This people has sinned—it’s an enormous sin! They made gods of gold for themselves. And now, if you will only forgive their sin. . . . But if not, erase me out of the book you’ve written.”

33-34 God said to Moses, “I’ll only erase from my book those who sin against me. For right now, you go and lead the people to where I told you. Look, my Angel is going ahead of you. On the day, though, when I settle accounts, their sins will certainly be part of the settlement.”

35 God sent a plague on the people because of the calf they and Aaron had made.