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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.”
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They replied, “We will not cease to worship it until Moses returns to us.”
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Moses scolded ˹his brother˺, “O Aaron! What prevented you, when you saw them going astray,
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from following after me? How could you disobey my orders?”1
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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.’”
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Moses then asked, “What did you think you were doing, O  Sâmiri?”
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