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Numbers 21:4-20 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

10 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ije-abarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sunrising. 12 From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Zared. 13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, which is in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Amorites: for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, 15 and at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moab. 16 And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

17 Then Israel sang this song,

Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:
18 the princes digged the well,
the nobles of the people digged it,
by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves.

And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah: 19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel: and from Nahaliel to Bamoth: 20 and from Bamoth in the valley, that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looketh toward Jeshimon.

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Numbers 21:4-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Bronze Serpent

Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very [a]discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul [b]loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

From Mount Hor to Moab

10 Now the children of Israel moved on and camped in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at [c]Ije Abarim, in the wilderness which is east of Moab, toward the sunrise. 12 From there they moved and camped in the Valley of Zered. 13 From there they moved and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites; for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord:

[d]“Waheb in Suphah,
The brooks of the Arnon,
15 And the slope of the brooks
That reaches to the dwelling of Ar,
And lies on the border of Moab.”

16 From there they went to Beer, which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” 17 Then Israel sang this song:

“Spring up, O well!
All of you sing to it—
18 The well the leaders sank,
Dug by the nation’s nobles,
By the lawgiver, with their staves.”

And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah, 19 from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20 and from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the [e]country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah which looks down on the [f]wasteland.

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 21:4 impatient
  2. Numbers 21:5 detests
  3. Numbers 21:11 Lit. The Heaps of Abarim
  4. Numbers 21:14 Ancient unknown places; Vg. What He did in the Red Sea
  5. Numbers 21:20 Lit. field
  6. Numbers 21:20 Heb. Jeshimon
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Numbers 21:4-20 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Bronze Serpent

They journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom, and the soul of the people was very discouraged because of the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread or water, and our soul loathes this worthless manna.”

So the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, and many children of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, and He will take away the serpents from us.” And Moses prayed for the people.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and put it on a pole, and it will be, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, will live.” Moses made a bronze serpent and put it on a pole, and if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked at the bronze serpent he lived.

The Journey to Moab

10 The children of Israel set out and camped in Oboth. 11 They journeyed from Oboth and camped at Iye Abarim in the wilderness, which is before Moab toward the sunrise. 12 From there they journeyed and camped in the Valley of Zered. 13 From there they journeyed and camped on the other side of Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the borders of the Amorites, for Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord:

“Zahab in Suphah, and in the brooks
of Arnon, 15     and at the stream of the brooks
that goes down to the dwelling of Ar,
    and lies on the border of Moab.”

16 From there they went to Beer. That is the well of which the Lord spoke to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.”

17 Then Israel sang this song:

“Spring up, O well!
    sing to it—
18 the leaders dug the well;
    the nobles of the people dug,
    by the lawgiver, with their staffs.”

And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah, 19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20 and from Bamoth in the valley that is in the country of Moab to the top of Pisgah, which looks toward Jeshimon.

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Números 21:4-20 Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960)

La serpiente de bronce

Después partieron del monte de Hor, camino del Mar Rojo, para rodear la tierra de Edom; y se desanimó el pueblo por el camino.

Y habló el pueblo contra Dios y contra Moisés: ¿Por qué nos hiciste subir de Egipto para que muramos en este desierto? Pues no hay pan ni agua, y nuestra alma tiene fastidio de este pan tan liviano.

Y Jehová envió entre el pueblo serpientes ardientes, que mordían al pueblo; y murió mucho pueblo de Israel.

Entonces el pueblo vino a Moisés y dijo: Hemos pecado por haber hablado contra Jehová, y contra ti; ruega a Jehová que quite de nosotros estas serpientes. Y Moisés oró por el pueblo.

Y Jehová dijo a Moisés: Hazte una serpiente ardiente, y ponla sobre una asta; y cualquiera que fuere mordido y mirare a ella, vivirá.

Y Moisés hizo una serpiente de bronce, y la puso sobre una asta; y cuando alguna serpiente mordía a alguno, miraba a la serpiente de bronce, y vivía.

Los israelitas rodean la tierra de Moab

10 Después partieron los hijos de Israel y acamparon en Obot.

11 Y partiendo de Obot, acamparon en Ije-abarim, en el desierto que está enfrente de Moab, al nacimiento del sol.

12 Partieron de allí, y acamparon en el valle de Zered.

13 De allí partieron, y acamparon al otro lado de Arnón, que está en el desierto, y que sale del territorio del amorreo; porque Arnón es límite de Moab, entre Moab y el amorreo.

14 Por tanto se dice en el libro de las batallas de Jehová:
    Lo que hizo en el Mar Rojo,
    Y en los arroyos de Arnón;

15 Y a la corriente de los arroyos
Que va a parar en Ar,
Y descansa en el límite de Moab.

16 De allí vinieron a Beer:[a] este es el pozo del cual Jehová dijo a Moisés: Reúne al pueblo, y les daré agua.

17 Entonces, cantó Israel este cántico:
    Sube, oh pozo; a él cantad;

18 Pozo, el cual cavaron los señores.
Lo cavaron los príncipes del pueblo,
Y el legislador, con sus báculos. m Del desierto vinieron a Matana,

19 y de Matana a Nahaliel, y de Nahaliel a Bamot;

20 y de Bamot al valle que está en los campos de Moab, y a la cumbre de Pisga, que mira hacia el desierto.

Footnotes:

  1. Números 21:16 Esto es, Pozo.
Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960)

Versión Reina-Valera 1960 © Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960. Renovado © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 1988.

Numbers 21:4-20 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

And they journey from mount Hor, the way of the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom, and the soul of the people is short in the way,

and the people speak against God, and against Moses, `Why hast thou brought us up out of Egypt to die in a wilderness? for there is no bread, and there is no water, and our soul hath been weary of this light bread.'

And Jehovah sendeth among the people the burning serpents, and they bite the people, and much people of Israel die;

and the people come in unto Moses and say, `We have sinned, for we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee; pray unto Jehovah, and He doth turn aside from us the serpent;' and Moses prayeth in behalf of the people.

And Jehovah saith unto Moses, `Make for thee a burning [serpent], and set it on an ensign; and it hath been, every one who is bitten and hath seen it -- he hath lived.

And Moses maketh a serpent of brass, and setteth it on the ensign, and it hath been, if the serpent hath bitten any man, and he hath looked expectingly unto the serpent of brass -- he hath lived.

10 And the sons of Israel journey, and encamp in Oboth.

11 And they journey from Oboth, and encamp in Ije-Abarim, in the wilderness that [is] on the front of Moab, at the rising of the sun.

12 From thence they have journeyed, and encamp in the valley of Zared.

13 From thence they have journeyed, and encamp beyond Arnon, which [is] in the wilderness which is coming out of the border of the Amorite, for Arnon [is] the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorite;

14 therefore it is said in a book, `The wars of Jehovah,' -- `Waheb in Suphah, And the brooks of Arnon;

15 And the spring of the brooks, Which turned aside to the dwelling of Ar, And hath leaned to the border of Moab.'

16 And from thence [they journeyed] to Beer; it [is] the well [concerning] which Jehovah said to Moses, `Gather the people, and I give to them -- water.'

17 Then singeth Israel this song, concerning the well -- they have answered to it:

18 `A well -- digged it have princes, Prepared it have nobles of the people, With the lawgiver, with their staves.' And from the wilderness [they journeyed] to Mattanah,

19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,

20 and from Bamoth in the valley which [is] in the field of Moab [to] the top of Pisgah, which hath looked on the front of the wilderness.

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