New International Version
The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.
King James Bible
And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
Darby Bible Translation
And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
World English Bible
The sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Levi do according to the word of Moses, and there fall of the people on that day about three thousand men,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There fell about three thousand men - These were no doubt the chief transgressors; having broken the covenant by having other gods besides Jehovah, they lost the Divine protection, and then the justice of God laid hold on and slew them. Moses doubtless had positive orders from God for this act of justice, (see Exodus 32:27); for though, through his intercession, the people were spared so as not to be exterminated as a nation, yet the principal transgressors, those who were set on mischief, Exodus 32:22, were to be put to death.
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'And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, 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. 2. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3. And all the people brake off the golden …
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The Prophet Micah.
Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.'"
Then Moses said, "You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day."
And the LORD struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.
When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand
He said of his father and mother, 'I have no regard for them.' He did not recognize his brothers or acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word and guarded your covenant.
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.
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