Jeremiah 8:17
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New International Version
"See, I will send venomous snakes among you, vipers that cannot be charmed, and they will bite you," declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
I will send these enemy troops among you like poisonous snakes you cannot charm. They will bite you, and you will die. I, the Lord, have spoken!"

English Standard Version
For behold, I am sending among you serpents, adders that cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you,” declares the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"For behold, I am sending serpents against you, Adders, for which there is no charm, And they will bite you," declares the LORD.

King James Bible
For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, I am about to send snakes among you, poisonous vipers that cannot be charmed. They will bite you. This is the LORD's declaration.

International Standard Version
Look, I'll send snakes among you, vipers that cannot be charmed, and they'll bite you."

NET Bible
The LORD says, "Yes indeed, I am sending an enemy against you that will be like poisonous snakes which cannot be charmed away. And they will inflict fatal wounds on you."

New Heart English Bible
For, look, I will send serpents, adders, among you, which will not be charmed; and they shall bite you," says the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I am going to send snakes among you, vipers that can't be charmed. They will bite you," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For, behold, I will send serpents, basilisks, among you, Which will not be charmed; And they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“For behold, I am sending serpents against you,
            Adders, for which there is no charm,
            And they will bite you,” declares the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For, behold, I send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, said the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
For, behold, I will send serpents, adders, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, says the LORD.

American King James Version
For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, said the LORD.

American Standard Version
For, behold, I will send serpents, adders, among you, which will not be charmed; and they shall bite you, saith Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold I will send among you serpents, basilisks, against which there is no charm: and they shall bite you, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
For behold, I send among you serpents, vipers against which there is no charm, and they shall bite you, saith Jehovah.

English Revised Version
For, behold, I will send serpents, basilisks, among you, which will not be charmed; and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
For behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

World English Bible
For, behold, I will send serpents, adders, among you, which will not be charmed; and they shall bite you, says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
For, lo, I am sending among you serpents, Vipers that have no charmer, And they have bitten you, an affirmation of Jehovah.
Study Bible
Judah's Sin and Punishment
16From Dan is heard the snorting of his horses; At the sound of the neighing of his stallions The whole land quakes; For they come and devour the land and its fullness, The city and its inhabitants. 17"For behold, I am sending serpents against you, Adders, for which there is no charm, And they will bite you," declares the LORD. 18My sorrow is beyond healing, My heart is faint within me!…
Cross References
Numbers 21:6
The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

Deuteronomy 32:24
They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague And bitter destruction; And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them, With the venom of crawling things of the dust.

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 10:11
If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
Treasury of Scripture

For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, said the LORD.

I will.

Deuteronomy 32:24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, …

Isaiah 14:29 Rejoice not you, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote …

Amos 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into …

Amos 9:3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search …

Revelation 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their …

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

Ecclesiastes 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

(17) Serpents, cockatrices.--There is a sudden change of figure, one new image of terror starting from the history of the fiery serpents of Numbers 21:6, or, possibly, from the connection of Dan with the "serpent" and "adder" in Genesis 49:17. It is not easy to identify the genus and species of the serpents of the Bible. Here the two words are in apposition. "Cockatrice," however, cannot be right, that name belonging, as an English word, to legendary zoology. The Vulg. gives "basilisk." In Proverbs 23:32 it is translated by "adder." In any case it implies a hissing venomous snake (probably the cerastes or serpens regulus), and the symbolism which identified it with the Assyrian or Chaldan power had already appeared in Isaiah 14:29.

Which will not be charmed.--The figure is that of Psalm 58:4-5. The "deaf adder" that "refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer" represents an implacable enemy waging a pitiless war. Serpent-charming, as in the case of the Egyptian sorcerers (Exodus 7:11), seems to have been from a very early time, as it is now, both in Egypt and India, one of the most prominent features of the natural magic of the East.

Verse 17. - A new image to intensify the impression of dreadfulness. Serpents, cockatrices; rather, serpents (even) basilisks. The second noun is in apposition to the more general "serpents." "Basilisks" (Serpentes regulos) are the renderings of Aquila and the Vulgate. Some species of highly venomous serpent is clearly intended; more than this we cannot say. The root probably means "to hiss." Canon Tristram thinks of "a very beautifully marked yellow serpent, and the largest of the vipers found in the Holy Land," called the Daboia xantheina. He adds that it is one of the most dangerous ('Nat. Hist. of Palestine,' p. 275). For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you,.... The Chaldeans, comparable to these noxious and hurtful creatures, because of the mischief they should do unto them. The Targum is,

"for, lo, I will raise up against you people that kill as the destroying serpents.''

These were raised up by the Lord, and sent by him, just as he sent fiery serpents among the Israelites in the wilderness, when they sinned against him; there literally, here metaphorically.

Which will not be charmed: Jarchi says, at the end of seventy years a serpent becomes a cockatrice, and stops its ear, that it will not hearken to the voice of the charmer, according to Psalm 58:4, the meaning is, that these Chaldeans would not be diverted from their purposes in destroying of the Jews by any arts or methods whatever; as not by force of arms, so not by good words and entreaties, or any way that could be devised.

And they shall bite you, saith the Lord; that is, kill them, as the Targum interprets it; for the bite of a serpent is deadly. 17. I—Jehovah.

cockatrices—basilisks (Isa 11:8), that is, enemies whose destructive power no means, by persuasion or otherwise, can counteract. Serpent-charmers in the East entice serpents by music, and by a particular pressure on the neck render them incapable of darting (Ps 58:4, 5).8:14-22 At length they begin to see the hand of God lifted up. And when God appears against us, every thing that is against us appears formidable. As salvation only can be found in the Lord, so the present moment should be seized. Is there no medicine proper for a sick and dying kingdom? Is there no skilful, faithful hand to apply the medicine? Yes, God is able to help and to heal them. If sinners die of their wounds, their blood is upon their own heads. The blood of Christ is balm in Gilead, his Spirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient; so that the people may be healed, but will not. Thus men die unpardoned and unchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved.
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