And the Lord said unto me ,.... The omniscient God, who knew what was doing in the camp of Israel, though Moses did not, of which he informs him:
arise, get thee down quickly from hence ; from the mount where he was; and the word "arise" does not suppose him to be sitting or lying along, neither of which postures would have been suitable, considering in whose presence he was; but is only expressive of urgency and haste of his departure; it is not used in Exodus 32:7 .
for thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt, have corrupted themselves ; their way, as the Targum of Jonathan; that is, by idolatry, than which nothing is more corrupting and defiling; the Lord calls them not his people, but the people of Moses, being highly displeased with them; and ascribes their coming out of Egypt to Moses the instrument, and not to himself, as if he repented of bringing them from thence:
they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them : it being but about six weeks ago, that the command forbidding idolatry, the sin they had fallen into, had been given them:
and they have made them a molten image ; the image of a calf made of melted gold.
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