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The people spoke against God and Moses: “Why have you brought us from Egypt to die in the wilderness, because there is no bread, no water, and our very spirits detest the despicable food? So Adonai sent poisonous serpents among the people,[a] and they bit the people and many of the people of Israel died.

The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against Adonai and you! Pray to Adonai for us, that He may take away the snakes!” So Moses prayed for the people.

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  1. Numbers 21:6 cf. 1 Cor. 10:9.

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