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13 And the Lord said to me, “I have seen this people(A), and they are a stiff-necked people indeed! 14 Let me alone,(B) so that I may destroy them and blot out(C) their name from under heaven.(D) And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they.”
15 So I turned and went down from the mountain while it was ablaze with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my hands.(E) 16 When I looked, I saw that you had sinned against the Lord your God; you had made for yourselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.(F) You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you. 17 So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.
18 Then once again I fell(G) prostrate before the Lord for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water,(H) because of all the sin you had committed,(I) doing what was evil in the Lord’s sight and so arousing his anger. 19 I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you.(J) But again the Lord listened to me.(K)Read full chapter