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(A)We must not put the Lord[a] to the test, as some of them did—and they were killed by snakes.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 10:9 the Lord; some manuscripts have Christ.

We must not put Christ[a] to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 10:9 Other ancient authorities read the Lord

And let us not put the Messiah to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes.

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6-10 The same thing could happen to us. We must be on guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way as they did. And we must not turn our religion into a circus as they did—“First the people partied, then they threw a dance.” We must not be sexually promiscuous—they paid for that, remember, with 23,000 deaths in one day! We must never try to get Christ to serve us instead of us serving him; they tried it, and God launched an epidemic of poisonous snakes. We must be careful not to stir up discontent; discontent destroyed them.

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