How can you burn gold? One version of the story suggests that the statue was not made up entirely of gold but of wood, and a golden covering was put on.
Did god forgive the Israeli initially, or just exempted from death? At the end, God stating that they will eventually have to bear their sin contradict with his initial forgiveness. --Natkeeran 18:56, 7 ஏப்ரல் 2006 (UTC)