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Aaron had already warned them beforehand, “O my people! You are only being tested by this, for indeed your ˹one true˺ Lord is the Most Compassionate. So follow me and obey my orders.”

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

And Aaron had already told them before [the return of Moses], "O my people, you are only being tested by it, and indeed, your Lord is the Most Merciful, so follow me and obey my order."

— Saheeh International

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They replied, “We will not cease to worship it until Moses returns to us.”

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

They said, "We will never cease being devoted to it [i.e., the calf] until Moses returns to us."

— Saheeh International

Moses scolded ˹his brother˺, “O Aaron! What prevented you, when you saw them going astray,

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

[Moses] said, "O Aaron, what prevented you, when you saw them going astray,

— Saheeh International

from following after me? How could you disobey my orders?”1

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

From following me? Then have you disobeyed my order?"

— Saheeh International

Aaron pleaded, “O son of my mother! Do not seize me by my beard or ˹the hair of˺ my head. I really feared that you would say, ‘You have caused division among the Children of Israel, and did not observe my word.’”

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

[Aaron] said, "O son of my mother, do not seize [me] by my beard or by my head. Indeed, I feared that you would say, 'You caused division among the Children of Israel, and you did not observe [or await] my word.'"

— Saheeh International

Moses then asked, “What did you think you were doing, O  Sâmiri?”

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

[Moses] said, "And what is your case, O Sāmirī?"

— Saheeh International

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