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Numbers 21:5-7 International Standard Version (ISV)

the people complained against the Lord and Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” they asked. “There’s no food[a] and water, and we’re tired of this worthless bread.”[b]

In response, the Lord sent poisonous[c] serpents among the people to bite them. As a result, many people of Israel died. Then the people approached Moses and admitted, “We’ve sinned by speaking against the Lord and you. Pray to the Lord, that he’ll remove[d] the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed in behalf of the people.


  1. Numbers 21:5 Lit. bread
  2. Numbers 21:5 Or light bread; i.e. the manna
  3. Numbers 21:6 Lit. fiery
  4. Numbers 21:7 Lit. turn away
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Numbers 21:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

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