Serpents » Often sent as a punishment
[They shall be] wasted with hunger, and devoured with burning heat and bitter destruction. I will send the teeth of animals on them, With the poison of crawling things of the dust.
Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many people of Israel died.
Neither let us test the Lord, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents.
Swords » Often sent as a punishment
Since the days of our fathers we have been exceeding guilty to this day; and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests, have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.
He also gave his people over to the sword, and was angry with his inheritance.