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