Exodus 32 is particularly important to understand this one. (tldr: it's the conversation Moses has with God during the golden calf incident.)
My kids are a mess.
Look at these dummies I taught who never listen to me:
They wandered like lost sheep.
I wish I could have good ones.
Your kids are a mess.
Look at these little ones you love and take care of:
They built a golden calf.
Let me wipe them out and start again with you.
No! Please, these are your kids.
No! Please, they make mistakes because they don't understand:
They can learn to honor you.
No! Please, don't take them away from me.