Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, their sin was a joke. Jesus. They were kidding – but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”
And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be acknowledged by all the people in the assembly that he was just joking around, God, have you never heard a joke before? Don’t take everything so seriously.
And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for they were only kidding: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord, to apologize for making a joke I guess, sorry for trying to lighten the mood:
And it shall be acknowledged among all the congregation of the children of Israel that lighten-up-it-was-a-joke, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were just trying to cut through the tension. Guess I’ll stop trying to make you laugh, like, ever again.
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not lighten up about your transgressions nor your sins, even though it was a joke and literally everyone else gets that you didn’t mean it because you were K I D D I N G.
1 Kings 8:30
And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, let it go because it was a joke and you take everything so seriously, it honestly makes people afraid to even talk around you.
Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and calm down. I was kidding.
O Lord, hear; O Lord, relax about it; O Lord, hearken and laugh it off; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name and they were only joking.
And laugh off our jokes, as we laugh off the jokes we hear about us.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.