Ecclesiastes 10:11
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New International Version
If a snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer receives no fee.

New Living Translation
If a snake bites before you charm it, what's the use of being a snake charmer?

English Standard Version
If the serpent bites before it is charmed, there is no advantage to the charmer.

New American Standard Bible
If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.

King James Bible
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the snake bites before it is charmed, then there is no advantage for the charmer.

International Standard Version
If a serpent strikes despite being charmed, there's no point in being a snake charmer.

NET Bible
If the snake should bite before it is charmed, the snake charmer is in trouble.

New Heart English Bible
If the serpent bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer's tongue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If a snake bites before it has been charmed, then there is no advantage in being a snake charmer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If the serpent bite before it is charmed, Then the charmer hath no advantage.

New American Standard 1977
If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the serpent bites without being enchanted, then the babbler is no more.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

American King James Version
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

American Standard Version
If the serpent bite before it is charmed, then is there no advantage in the charmer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If a serpent bite in silence, he is nothing better that backbiteth secretly.

Darby Bible Translation
If the serpent bite before enchantment, then the charmer hath no advantage.

English Revised Version
If the serpent bite before it be charmed, then is there no advantage in the charmer.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

World English Bible
If the snake bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer's tongue.

Young's Literal Translation
If the serpent biteth without enchantment, Then there is no advantage to a master of the tongue.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:11-15 There is a practice in the East, of charming serpents by music. The babbler's tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison; and contradiction only makes it the more violent. We must find the way to keep him gentle. But by rash, unprincipled, or slanderous talk, he brings open or secret vengeance upon himself. Would we duly consider our own ignorance as to future events, it would cut off many idle words which we foolishly multiply. Fools toil a great deal to no purpose. They do not understand the plainest things, such as the entrance into a great city. But it is the excellency of the way to the heavenly city, that it is a high-way, in which the simplest wayfaring men shall not err, Isa 25:8. But sinful folly makes men miss that only way to happiness.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
10If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. 11If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. 12Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;…
Cross References
James 3:8
but no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Psalm 58:4
They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

Psalm 58:5
So that it does not hear the voice of charmers, Or a skillful caster of spells.

Ecclesiastes 10:10
If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

Jeremiah 8:17
"For behold, I am sending serpents against you, Adders, for which there is no charm, And they will bite you," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

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Psalm 58:4,5 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf …

Jeremiah 8:17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which …

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Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot …

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love …

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

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