Numbers 21:6
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New International Version
Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.

New Living Translation
So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.

English Standard Version
Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

King James Bible
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit them so that many Israelites died.

International Standard Version
In response, the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people to bite them. As a result, many people of Israel died.

NET Bible
So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit the people; many people of Israel died.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people. They bit the people, and many of the Israelites died.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

New American Standard 1977
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many people of Israel died.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many people of Israel died.

American King James Version
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore the Lord sent among the people fiery serpents, which bit them and killed many of them.

Darby Bible Translation
Then Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, which bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

English Revised Version
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many people of Israel died.

World English Bible
Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many people of Israel died.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah sendeth among the people the burning serpents, and they bite the people, and much people of Israel die;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:4-9 The children of Israel were wearied by a long march round the land of Edom. They speak discontentedly of what God had done for them, and distrustfully of what he would do. What will they be pleased with, whom manna will not please? Let not the contempt which some cast on the word of God, make us value it less. It is the bread of life, substantial bread, and will nourish those who by faith feed upon it, to eternal life, whoever may call it light bread. We see the righteous judgment God brought upon them for murmuring. He sent fiery serpents among them, which bit or stung many to death. It is to be feared that they would not have owned the sin, if they had not felt the smart; but they relent under the rod. And God made a wonderful provision for their relief. The Jews themselves say it was not the sight of the brazen serpent that cured; but in looking up to it, they looked up to God as the Lord that healed them. There was much gospel in this. Our Saviour declared, Joh 3:14,15, that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of man must be lifted up, that whatsoever believeth in him, should not perish. Compare their disease and ours. Sin bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. Compare the application of their remedy and ours. They looked and lived, and we, if we believe, shall not perish. It is by faith that we look unto Jesus, Heb 12:2. Whosoever looked, however desperate his case, or feeble his sight, or distant his place, was certainly and perfectly cured. The Lord can relieve us from dangers and distresses, by means which human reason never would have devised. Oh that the venom of the old serpent, inflaming men's passions, and causing them to commit sins which end in their eternal destruction, were as sensibly felt, and the danger as plainly seen, as the Israelites felt pain from the bite of the fiery serpents, and feared the death which followed! Then none would shut their eyes to Christ, or turn from his gospel. Then a crucified Saviour would be so valued, that all things else would be accounted loss for him; then, without delay, and with earnestness and simplicity, all would apply to him in the appointed way, crying, Lord, save us; we perish! Nor would any abuse the freeness of Christ's salvation, while they reckoned the price which it cost him.
Study Bible
The Bronze Serpent
5The people spoke against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food." 6The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7So the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:9
We should not test Christ, as some of them did, and were killed by snakes.

Deuteronomy 8:15
"He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.

Jeremiah 8:17
"For behold, I am sending serpents against you, Adders, for which there is no charm, And they will bite you," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 14:15
"If I were to cause wild beasts to pass through the land and they depopulated it, and it became desolate so that no one would pass through it because of the beasts,
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