When Moses descended from the mountain having been given the ten commandments, he found that in his absence the Israelites had committed idolatry by making and worshipping a golden calf. In his anger, he broke the tablets on which the commandments were written. God provided a second set, but Exodus appears to contradict itself concerning who actually wrote the ten commandments onto the second set of tablets.First, God says that he will write the ten commandments on the second set of tablets himself:
The Lord said to Moses, ‘Cut two tablets of stone like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you broke. [Exodus 34:1, NRSV]
When it comes to it, however, it is Moses who does the writing:
The Lord said to Moses: Write these words; in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel. He was there with the Lord for forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. [Exodus 34:27-28, NRSV]
So who wrote the ten commandments on the second set of tablets? Did God write them himself, or was it Moses that did the writing?
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