Isaiah 11:8
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New International Version
The infant will play near the cobra's den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest.

New Living Translation
The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.

English Standard Version
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.

New American Standard Bible
The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den.

King James Bible
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An infant will play beside the cobra's pit, and a toddler will put his hand into a snake's den.

International Standard Version
The nursing child will play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on vipers' dens.

NET Bible
A baby will play over the hole of a snake; over the nest of a serpent an infant will put his hand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Infants will play near cobras' holes. Toddlers will put their hands into vipers' nests.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

King James 2000 Bible
And the nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.

American King James Version
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

American Standard Version
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp: and the weaned child shall thrust his hand into the den of the basilisk.

Darby Bible Translation
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the adder, and the weaned child shall put forth its hand to the viper's den.

English Revised Version
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the basilisk's den.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the basilisk.

World English Bible
The nursing child will play near a cobra's hole, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den.

Young's Literal Translation
And played hath a suckling by the hole of an asp, And on the den of a cockatrice Hath the weaned one put his hand.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1-9 The Messiah is called a Rod, and a Branch. The words signify a small, tender product; a shoot, such as is easily broken off. He comes forth out of the stem of Jesse; when the royal family was cut down and almost levelled with the ground, it would sprout again. The house of David was brought very low at the time of Christ's birth. The Messiah thus gave early notice that his kingdom was not of this world. But the Holy Spirit, in all his gifts and graces, shall rest and abide upon him; he shall have the fulness of the Godhead dwelling in him, Col 1:19; 2:9. Many consider that seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are here mentioned. And the doctrine of the influences of the Holy Spirit is here clearly taught. The Messiah would be just and righteous in all his government. His threatening shall be executed by the working of his Spirit according to his word. There shall be great peace and quiet under his government. The gospel changes the nature, and makes those who trampled on the meek of the earth, meek like them, and kind to them. But it shall be more fully shown in the latter days. Also Christ, the great Shepherd, shall take care of his flock, that the nature of troubles, and of death itself, shall be so changed, that they shall not do any real hurt. God's people shall be delivered, not only from evil, but from the fear of it. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? The better we know the God of love, the more shall we be changed into the same likeness, and the better disposed to all who have any likeness to him. This knowledge shall extend as the sea, so far shall it spread. And this blessed power there have been witnesses in every age of Christianity, though its most glorious time, here foretold, is not yet arrived. Meanwhile let us aim that our example and endeavours may help to promote the honour of Christ and his kingdom of peace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp; rather, by the hole - near it. The "asp" is probably the Coluber Naje of Egypt, whose bite is very deadly. The cockatrice den. The "cockatrice" is another deadly serpent, perhaps the Daboia xanthina (Tristram, 'Natural Hist. of the Bible').

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,.... Without fear or danger:

and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den; and suffer no damage: the meaning is explained in the next words, and to be understood of regenerate persons, both of new born babes, or just born, and all such who are weaned from their own righteousness, and live by faith on Christ, who shall not be hurt by the poison of false teachers, nor by the force of violent persecutors, now no more,

See Gill (Editor's note) on "Isa 11:6".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. play—literally, "delight" himself in sport.

cockatrice—a fabulous serpent supposed to be hatched from the egg of a cock. The Hebrew means a kind of adder, more venomous than the asp; Bochart supposes the basilisk to be meant, which was thought to poison even with its breath.

Isaiah 11:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Root of Jesse
7Also the cow and the bear will graze, Their young will lie down together, And the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den. 9They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.…
Cross References
Proverbs 23:32
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.

Isaiah 11:7
The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

Isaiah 11:9
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 14:29
Do not rejoice, all you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken; from the root of that snake will spring up a viper, its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.
Treasury of Scripture

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

cockatrice'. or, adder's

Isaiah 59:5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that …

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison …

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