And the Lord sent a plague on the people because they had made the calf 1 – the one Aaron made. 2
And the LORD struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.
Then the LORD smote the people, because of what they did with the calf which Aaron had made.
And the LORD sent a great plague upon the people because they had worshiped the calf Aaron had made.
GOD sent a plague on the people because of the calf they and Aaron had made.
And the Lord sent punishment on the people because they gave worship to the ox which Aaron made.
Then the LORD sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf—the one that Aaron made.
So the LORD plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.
And the LORD
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And the Lord
sent a plague
on the people
– the one Aaron
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1 tn The verse is difficult because of the double reference to the making of the calf. The NJPS’s translation tries to reconcile the two by reading “for what they did with the calf that Aaron had made.” B. S. Childs (Exodus [OTL], 557) explains in some detail why this is not a good translation based on syntactical grounds; he opts for the conclusion that the last three words are a clumsy secondary addition. It seems preferable to take the view that both are true, Aaron is singled out for his obvious lead in the sin, but the people sinned by instigating the whole thing.
2 sn Most commentators have difficulty with this verse. W. C. Kaiser says the strict chronology is not always kept, and so the plague here may very well refer to the killing of the three thousand (“Exodus,” EBC 2:481).