The people came to Moses(A) and said, “We sinned(B) when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord(C) will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed(D) for the people.

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15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness,(A) that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes(B) and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.(C)

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33 Their wine is the venom of serpents,
    the deadly poison of cobras.(A)

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14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;(A)
    it will become the venom of serpents(B) within him.

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Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(A)
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

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They make their tongues as sharp as(A) a serpent’s;
    the poison of vipers(B) is on their lips.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 140:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 8.

17 “See, I will send venomous snakes(A) among you,
    vipers that cannot be charmed,(B)
    and they will bite you,”
declares the Lord.

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