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fiery serpent

fiery serpent in the Bible

(LXX. "deadly," Vulg. "burning"), Num. 21:6, probably the naja haje of Egypt; some swift-springing, deadly snake (Isa. 14:29). After setting out from their encampment at Ezion-gaber, the Israelites entered on a wide sandy desert, which stretches from the mountains of Edom as far as the Persian Gulf. While traversing this region, the people began to murmur and utter loud complaints against Moses. As a punishment, the Lord sent serpents among them, and much people of Israel died. Moses interceded on their behalf, and by divine direction he made a "brazen serpent," and raised it on a pole in the midst of the camp, and all the wounded Israelites who looked on it were at once healed. (Comp. John 3:14, 15.) (See ASP.) This "brazen serpent" was preserved by the Israelites till the days of Hezekiah, when it was destroyed (2 Kings 18:4). (See BRASS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • Brightly burn the fires, extending like a fiery serpent along the river.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • A spark carried by the wind fell on his naked shoulder, where it bit like a fiery serpent.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • The Fire-Drake was, according to mediƦval fancy, a fiery serpent or dragon, keeping guard over hidden treasure.

    Myth-Land F. Edward Hulme
  • Like a fiery serpent, these now forced their way up in a winding but ever advancing line.

  • And if the bishop and his daughter had appeared accompanied by a fiery serpent, it could not have caused more inward commotion.

  • The thought that your mother died by my brother's hand has, from that fatal hour, gnawed like a fiery serpent at my heart.

    Modern Flirtations Catherine Sinclair
  • The fire came hissing along towards us like a fiery serpent.

    Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • The fiery serpent Khut which is on thy forehead burnt them up.

  • It wound itself like a fiery serpent in a double coil across the sky.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen

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