Why did Moses get mad on returning from the Mount?

When Moses first came down from the mountain, with the ten commandments all carefully chiselled onto stone slabs, his first reaction was to smash them to pieces, storm off in a huff, and then do it all over again. Why?

KJB Exodus 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

Just prior to this, he spoke with Joshua:

32:18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

Then I came across Charlton Heston as Moses in the 1955 movie, The Ten Commandments. In it, writing can clearly be seen on the tablets.
moses460.jpg

It took a little bit of fiddling, but I eventually got the text turned up the right way and translated, using Google’s Ancient Hebrew to English Translate tool…

moses-text-big.jpg

AFYF
EYE PLEFY
DFE FE>Y
P>EFFPEAC
NOWPPO
IYPPlFYY
EWPx>pAWY

Translated, this means: Great Party! Bring All Your Friends! Dancing and Song and Drink!

So that was it! Moses was pissed because he hadn’t been invited. There, simple as that. One disgruntled old man with a chip on his shoulder. Afterwards, he ordered the slaying of 3,000 people. All for having a party he wasn’t invited to!

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3 Comments

  1. David said,

    March 8, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Funny post! It must’ve been inspired by this recent news item, no?
    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4392361

    And good work on the translation, that must’ve been pretty difficult even with Google Translator!

    The second tablet is much simpler. It just says:

    WTF?
    WTF?
    WTF?
    WTF?

  2. shazgood said,

    March 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, I saw the one about Moses on drugs. I have to admit, that story was funnier than mine. And possibly even true, which makes it scary too!

  3. David said,

    March 17, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Yeah, wouldn’t it be great if our entire legal ethical moral structure was based on the stone chiseling of an ancient drug fiend?

    Oh wait, it is?


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