Numbers 21:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many of the Israelites were bitten and 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Then the LORD sent poisonous snakes that bit and killed many of them.

Good News Translation
Then the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many Israelites were bitten and 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.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Lord sent among the people deadly serpents, and they bit the people, and much people of the children 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;
Study Bible
The Bronze Serpent
5and spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you led us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread or water, and we detest this wretched food!” 6So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many of the Israelites were bitten and died. 7Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Intercede with the LORD to take the snakes away from us.” So 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 vast and terrifying wilderness with its venomous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty and waterless land. He brought you water from the rock of flint.

Jeremiah 8:17
"For behold, I will send snakes among you, poisonous vipers that cannot be charmed, and they will bite you," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 14:15
Or if I send wild beasts through the land and they bereave it so that it becomes desolate, with no man passing through for fear of the beasts,

Treasury of Scripture

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

Genesis 3:14,15
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: …

Deuteronomy 8:15
Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

Isaiah 14:29
Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.







Lexicon
So the LORD
יְהוָ֜ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

sent
וַיְשַׁלַּ֨ח (way·šal·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

poisonous snakes
הַנְּחָשִׁ֣ים (han·nə·ḥā·šîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5175: A serpent

among the people,
בָּעָ֗ם (bā·‘ām)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

and many
רָ֖ב (rāḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

of the Israelites
מִיִּשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (mî·yiś·rā·’êl)
Preposition-m | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

were bitten
וַֽיְנַשְּׁכ֖וּ (way·naš·šə·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5391: To strike with a, sting, to oppress with usury

and died.
וַיָּ֥מָת (way·yā·māṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill
(6) And the Lord sent fiery serpents . . . --Hebrew, the serpents, the seraphim (i.e., the burning ones). (See Deuteronomy 8:15; Isaiah 14:29; Isaiah 30:6.) The word appears to denote a particular kind of serpent, as in the following verse. Some think that they were so called because of the bright fiery red upon their heads; others because of the blazing sunbeams on their scales; and others because of their inflammatory and poisonous bite. Venomous snakes are said to abound still in the Arabah.

Verse 6. - Fiery serpents, גְחָשִׁים שְׂרָפִים. Nachash is the ordinary word for serpent. The word saraph which seems to mean "burning one," stands (by itself) for a serpent in verse 8, and also in Isaiah 14:29; Isaiah 30:6. In Isaiah 6:2, 6 it stands for one of the symbolic beings (seraphim) of the prophet's vision. The only idea common to the two meanings (otherwise so distinct) must be that of brilliance and metallic luster. It is commonly assumed that the "fiery" serpents were so called because of the burning pain and inflammation caused by the bite, after the analogy of the πρηστῆρες and καύσωνες of Dioscorus and AElian. But is hardly possible that Isaiah should have used the same word in such wholly dissimilar senses, and it is clear from comparison with Ezekiel's vision of the cherubim (Ezekiel 1:7) that the saraph of Isaiah 6:2 was so called from the burnished luster of his appearance. Even our Lord himself is described in the Apocalypse as having in the highest degree this appearance of glowing brass (Revelation 1:15; Revelation 2:18). It is further clear that the saraph was so named from his colour, not his venom, because when Moses was ordered to make a saraph he made a serpent of brass (or rather copper), with the evident intent of imitating as closely as possible the appearance of the venomous reptile. We may conclude then with some confidence that these serpents were of a fiery red colour, resembling in this respect certain very deadly snakes in Australia, which are known as "copper snakes." Travelers speak of some such pests as still abounding in the region of the Arabah, but it is quite uncertain whether the fiery serpents of that special visitation can be identified with any existing species. 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.
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