The Bronze Snake
4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[a] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, â€œWhy have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!â€
6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, â€œWe sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.â€ So Moses prayed for the people.
8 The Lord said to Moses, â€œMake a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.â€ 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
18 But the things that come out of a personâ€™s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.
14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.