2 Kings 18:7

And the LORD was with him; and he prospered wherever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Then there were the miracles … of the deadly bites of serpents, inflicted as just punishment for sin, and healed when a brazen serpent was raised on a wooden pole in sight of all, so that not only did relief come to an afflicted people but also the destruction of death by death was symbolized by this image of the crucifixion. This serpent was preserved intact in memory of the miracle but afterwards was worshiped as an idol by the unfaithful people until King Hezekiah, religiously using his power in the service of God, destroyed it and thus gained great renown for his piety.
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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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