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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Serpent, Brazen

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This was a figure of a serpent, called above the seraph, which Moses caused to be put on the top of a pole, Numbers 21:9 , that all those bitten by the serpent, who should look upon this image, might be healed. Our Saviour, in the Gospel of St. John 3:14 , declares, that "as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up," alluding to his own death, which, through faith, was to give life to the world. The brazen serpent was preserved among the Israelites down to the time of Hezekiah; who, being informed that the people paid a superstitious worship to it, had it broken in pieces, and by way of contempt gave it the name of Nehushtan, that is to say, a brazen bauble or trifle, 2 Kings 18:4 . See TYPE .


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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Serpent, Brazen'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/wtd/s/serpent-brazen.html. 1831-2.

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