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The Bronze Serpent
4 From Mount Hor (A)they set out by the way to the Red Sea, (B)to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5 And the people (C)spoke against God and against Moses, (D)“Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and (E)we loathe this worthless food.” 6 (F)Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and (G)they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7 (H)And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. (I)Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9 So (J)Moses made a bronze[a] serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.Read full chapter
- Numbers 21:9 Or copper
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King Sihon Defeated
21 Then (A)Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 (B)“Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into field or vineyard. We will not drink the water of a well. We will go by the King's Highway until we have passed through your territory.” 23 (C)But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his people together and went out against Israel to the wilderness and (D)came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24 (E)And Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the (F)Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites, for the border of the Ammonites was strong. 25 And Israel took all these cities, and Israel settled in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its villages. 26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon. 27 Therefore the (G)ballad singers say,
“Come to (H)Heshbon, let it be built;
let the city of Sihon be established.
28 For (I)fire came out from (J)Heshbon,
flame from the city of Sihon.
It devoured (K)Ar of Moab,
and swallowed[a] the heights of the Arnon.
29 (L)Woe to you, O Moab!
You are undone, O people of (M)Chemosh!
He has made his sons fugitives,
and his daughters captives,
to an Amorite king, Sihon.
30 So we overthrew them;
Heshbon, as far as (N)Dibon, perished;
and we laid waste as far as Nophah;
fire spread as far as (O)Medeba.”[b]
King Og Defeated
31 Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites. 32 And Moses sent to spy out (P)Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there. 33 Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle (Q)at Edrei. 34 (R)But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And (S)you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.” 35 So they defeated him and his sons and all his people, until he had no survivor left. And they possessed his land.Read full chapter