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 21:7
 21:8
21:7 The people came to Moses and said, 'We have sinned by speaking against God and you. Pray to God, and have Him take the snakes away from us.'

When Moses prayed for the people,
Vayavo ha'am el-Moshe vayomeru chatanu ki-dibarnu v'Adonay vavach hitpalel el-Adonay veyaser me'aleynu et-hanachash vayitpalel Moshe be'ad ha'am.

21:8 God said to Moses, 'Make yourself [the image of] a venomous snake, and place it on a banner. Everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.'
Vayomer Adonay el-Moshe aseh lecha saraf vesim oto al-nes vehayah kol-hanashuch vera'ah oto vachay.



Commentary:

The people came...
  Some say that Moses went out to find out what was wrong (Lekach Tov).

shall look at it and live
  They would then think of God and repent (Targum Yonathan; Rosh HaShanah 29a; Rashi). Some say that they would meditate on the copper serpent (HaKethav VeHaKabbalah). According to others, the snake would be a reminder for the people not to leave the camp (Yehudah HaChasid), or not to speak against God (Ralbag).





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