EXODUS 32:23

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.”

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Exodus 32:23 Translation & Meaning

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For they said וַיֹּ֣אמְרוּ To say (used with great latitude) said
unto me, Make עֲשֵׂה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application Make
us gods, אֱלֹהִ֔ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative gods
which אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
shall go יֵֽלְכ֖וּ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) go
before לְפָנֵ֑ינוּ The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) before
us: for כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed us for
as for (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
this זֶ֣ה׀ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
Moses, מֹשֶׁ֣ה Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver Moses
the man הָאִ֗ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
that אֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
brought us up הֶֽעֱלָ֙נוּ֙ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative brought up
out of the land מֵאֶ֣רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) out land
of Egypt, מִצְרַ֔יִם Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt Egypt
we wot יָדַ֖עְנוּ To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) wot
not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
what מֶה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses what
is become הָ֥יָה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) become
of him. הָ֥יָה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) of him

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  • 21  And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?

  • 22  And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.

  • 23  For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

  • 24  And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

  • 25  And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)




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