Numbers 21:1-9 NIV

Arad Destroyed

1 When the Canaanite king of Arad,1 who lived in the Negev,2 heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them.

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2 Then Israel made this vow3 to the LORD: "If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroya4 their cities."

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    • a 21:2 - The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 3.
      3 The LORD listened to Israel's plea and gave the Canaanites5 over to them. They completely destroyed them6 and their towns; so the place was named Hormah.b7

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        • b 21:3 - "Hormah" means "destruction".

          The Bronze Snake

          4 They traveled from Mount Hor8 along the route to the Red Sea,c9 to go around Edom.10 But the people grew impatient on the way;11

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            • c 21:4 - Hebrew "Yam Suph"; that is, Sea of Reeds
              5 they spoke against God12 and against Moses, and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt13 to die in the desert?14 There is no bread! There is no water!15 And we detest this miserable food!"16

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              6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes17 among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.18

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              7 The people came to Moses19 and said, "We sinned20 when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD 21 will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed22 for the people.

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              8 The LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole;23 anyone who is bitten can look at it and live."

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              9 So Moses made a bronze snake24 and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.25

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