What does the Serpent represent in the Bible?

Que Représente le Serpent dans la Bible

In several fields, the snake has a variety of connotations. It represents a variety of things in some tribes:

  • Mythology, particularly from Ancient Greece, has its own imagery of this lizard that the Greek people associate with it. It has a terrible reputation because of its violent and dangerous image, yet some people see it as a symbol of good, knowledge, and wisdom.
  • The Bible also has much to say regarding the snake's symbolism and impact on the ecosystem. The snake does have a place in the Bible, and it signifies a variety of things.

And in this essay, we're particularly interested in the snake's symbolism in this last sphere; more specifically, the subject of this article is the snake's representation in the Bible.

It's critical to address and expose what we hear about snakes from a biblical perspective, as well as to dig a little deeper into the true snake symbols in the Christian Bible.


Looking at this portrayal in the Old Testament biblical writings is crucial for properly organizing ourselves, and then addressing all that this animal signifies in the New Testament is critical for Christians.

1. Old Testament

The serpent is described as the most cunning animal created by God in Genesis chapter 3 of the Bible. According to this biblical text, he misled Eve, God's first woman, and forced her to eat the forbidden fruit despite God's instructions. He persuades her to consume it by claiming that it will not kill her.

The animal represents Temptation in this context. Then, like God, man understood good and evil. As a result, he became the Tempter of men seeking wisdom and knowledge. According to legend, Satan was converted into a snake and was responsible for Eve's transgression by pressuring her to eat the fruit of the tree of life, which resulted in man's fall.

Serpent au paradis donnant un fruit aux pommes à une femme

The serpent is also a symbol of deception. The liars were referred to by God as offspring of the serpent who deceived Eve. The snake is also a symbol of Satan, who is the guide of all demons, hence it is considered a sign of evil.

In Exodus 7, chapter 7, the snake has an entirely different meaning; it represents God's strength, especially his grandeur and power. A demonstration in front of Egypt's Pharaoh translates this symbolism.

In the verses of this chapter 7, God tells Moses and his brother Aaron to go to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let the children of Israel, God's chosen people, leave the lands of Egypt and no longer be his slaves, something God knew he would not accept. And the two men went to Egypt, obeying their God.

Moïse marche à travers le désert du Sinaï,

God also added that if the Egyptian King asked to do some incredible demonstration and Aaron had to throw his cane on the ground and it will turn into a snake.

The two men went before the Pharaoh and did what God asked them to do, as soon as the Egyptian King said to show an impressive trick, Aaron did as God told him, he threw the cane and it turned into a snake.

Moïse et Aaron sont allés à Pharaon

Everyone was astounded because God had said so, and everything had transpired in accordance with God's word. It was a symbol of the Israelites' God's might, glory, and strength, which is represented by the snake in this book of the Bible.

According to the scriptures in the book of Numbers, chapter 21, the children of Israel protested to God and Moses about the path that Moses led them along in the desert, complaining that there was only bread to eat and nothing to drink during their exile.

God became enraged as a result of their complaints and sent fiery serpents to slay many people and terrorize the Israelites.

As a result, in these biblical scriptures from this book of the Old Testament, the serpent is a symbol of horror. The people pleaded with Moses to implore the Divine King to pardon them and withdraw the snakes He had dispatched.

God told His servant to manufacture a copper serpent and hang it from a tree. Those who were bitten by the fiery serpents and gazed at the copper snake were instantly healed. As a result, we can deduce that the serpent is also a God-given emblem of healing.

In chapter 8 verse 17 of Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet, it is written that Jehovah said he would send snakes to strike and bite the people. God wants to punish and demonstrate to believers that he is capable of doing everything without exception in this biblical scripture. The snake is depicted here as a symbol of evil and horror.

The serpent is mentioned frequently throughout the Psalms, especially in chapters 58, 91, and 140. We learn about two types of snakes in these three chapters: vipers and snakes. The toxic toxin of snakes is the main topic of discussion in this book. The venom contains a lethal poison.

This snake characteristic, which is created by an injection after a bite, alludes to the snake's negative image; the snake's sign here invokes evil, mortality, toxicity, and murder. In this chapter of the Bible, the snake is depicted as both nasty and dangerous.

2. New Testament


The snake is depicted as a sign of healing (The Caduceus) in Mark chapter 16, since it is stated that if a believer holds a snake in his hand, he may heal all those who come into contact with him. And that even if this believer ingests lethal poison, he will feel as if he hasn't drunk anything at all.

This image of the snake distributes the emblem of immunity, as though the person who receives it is immune to any poison currently in use.

The snake is primarily used to symbolize evil things, metaphors to imply bad intentions or bad connotations, in all the other books, such as Luke and John, which talk of the serpent in the New Testament.

As a result, we can conclude that the snake is primarily a symbol of evil in these works. Only the term "snake" is used to depict evil.

To summarize

These are the most important representations of the snake in the Bible text; the symbolism inspired by the serpent in the other Old and New Testament books is the same as that outlined above.

The principles of representation of the serpent are the same in all Christian bibles, that is, all translations of the Christian Bible, whether for Protestants or Catholics.

Religion and science have clearly gone very different paths. The subject of this article is the biblical portrayal of the snake, however it is evident that science has its own snake representations.