1 Corinthians 10:9
New International Version
We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.

New Living Translation
Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites.

English Standard Version
We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,

Berean Study Bible
We should not test Christ, as some of them did, and were killed by snakes.

Berean Literal Bible
Neither should we test the Christ, as some of them tested, and were destroyed by serpents.

King James Bible
Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

New King James Version
nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;

New American Standard Bible
Nor are we to put the Lord to the test, as some of them did, and were killed by the snakes.

NASB 1995
Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents.

NASB 1977
Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents.

Amplified Bible
We must not tempt the Lord [that is, test His patience, question His purpose or exploit His goodness], as some of them did—and they were killed by serpents.

Christian Standard Bible
Let us not test Christ as some of them did and were destroyed by snakes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let us not test Christ as some of them did and were destroyed by snakes.

American Standard Version
Neither let us make trial of the Lord, as some of them made trial, and perished by the serpents.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should we tempt The Messiah as some of them tempted and serpents destroyed them.

Contemporary English Version
And don't try to test Christ, as some of them did and were later bitten by poisonous snakes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither let us tempt Christ: as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents.

English Revised Version
Neither let us tempt the Lord, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents.

Good News Translation
We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did--and they were killed by snakes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We shouldn't put the Lord to the test as some of them did. They were killed by snakes.

International Standard Version
Let's stop putting the Lord to the test, as some of them were doing, and were destroyed by snakes.

Literal Standard Version
neither may we tempt the Christ, as also certain of them tempted, and perished by the serpents;

NET Bible
And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes.

New Heart English Bible
Neither let us test the Christ, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents.

Weymouth New Testament
And do not let us test the Lord too far, as some of them tested Him and were destroyed by the serpents.

World English Bible
Neither let us test the Lord, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents.

Young's Literal Translation
neither may we tempt the Christ, as also certain of them did tempt, and by the serpents did perish;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warnings from Israel's Past
8We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did, and were killed by snakes. 10And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel.…

Cross References
Exodus 17:2
So the people contended with Moses, "Give us water to drink." "Why do you contend with me?" Moses replied. "Why do you test the LORD?"

Numbers 21:5
and spoke against God and against Moses: "Why have you led us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread or water, and we detest this wretched food!"

Numbers 21:6
So the LORD sent venomous snakes among the people, and many of the Israelites were bitten and died.

Psalm 78:18
They willfully tested God by demanding the food they craved.

Psalm 95:9
where your fathers tested and tried Me, though they had seen My work.

Psalm 106:14
They craved intensely in the wilderness and tested God in the desert.


Treasury of Scripture

Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

tempt.

Exodus 17:2,7
Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD? …

Exodus 23:20,21
Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared…

Numbers 21:5
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

and were.

Numbers 21:6
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.









(9) Neither let us tempt Christ.--Better, Neither let us tempt the Lord, as some of them tempted, and perished by serpents. There is much controversy as to whether the word here is "God" or "Christ" or "the Lord," each having a certain amount of MS. support. On the whole, the reading here adopted (the Lord) seems from internal evidence to have been most likely the true reading. It is possible that the word "God" crept into the text, having been put as a marginal explanation to get over the supposed difficulty involved in applying the words which follow, "they also tempted," to Christ. For in what sense could it have been said that the Israelites tempted Christ? There is no reason, however, for connecting "some of them tempted" (the word "also" is not in the original) with the object of the previous clause: and it is noticeable that the second word translated "tempted" is not the same as the first. "Let us not tempt" is in the original an intensified form of the verb which is used in its simple form in "some of them tempted." The reading "Christ" may have come into the text as being an explanation that by the word "Lord" St. Paul meant the Redeemer.

The real meaning of the passage, however, is evident. The Israelites had, by their longing after the things left behind in Egypt, tried God so that God had asserted Himself in visiting them with punishment, and so Christians must be on their guard, with such a warning before them, not to tempt their Lord by hankering after those worldly and physical pleasures from which He by His death has delivered them. (See Numbers 21:4-6.) Some of the Corinthian Christians seemed by their conduct, as regards eating and drinking and indulging in sensuality, to long for that liberty in reference to things which they had enjoyed before conversion, instead of enjoying these spiritual blessings and feeding on the spiritual sustenance which Christ had provided for them.

Were destroyed of serpents.--Better, and were destroyed by the serpents. The article before "serpents" indicates that the reference is to a particular and well known fact.

Verse 9. - Tempt Christ (see the note on ver. 4). Christ is here identified with the angel which went before the Israelites, whom they were specially warned not "to provoke," because "my Name is in him" (Exodus 23:20, 21). Another reading is "the Lord." "Christ" may have come in from a marginal gloss. On the other hand, since "Christ" is the more difficult reading, it was, perhaps, the more likely to be altered by copyists. The word for "tempt" means "tempt utterly," "tempt beyond endurance." As some of them (Exodus 17:2, 7; Numbers 14:22; Numbers 21:5, 6). Of serpents; rather, perished by the serpents, viz. the "fiery serpents" of the wilderness (Numbers 21:6).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
We should not test
ἐκπειράζωμεν (ekpeirazōmen)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1598: To put to the test, make trial of, tempt, try. From ek and peirazo; to test thoroughly.

Christ,
Χριστόν (Christon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

as
καθώς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.

some
τινες (tines)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

of them
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

[did],
ἐπείρασαν (epeirasan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3985: To try, tempt, test. From peira; to test, i.e. Endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

were killed
ἀπώλλυντο (apōllynto)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.

by
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

snakes.
ὄφεων (opheōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3789: Probably from optanomai; a snake, figuratively, an artful malicious person, especially Satan.


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