Proverbs 23:32
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New International Version
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.

New Living Translation
For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper.

English Standard Version
In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.

New American Standard Bible
At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.

King James Bible
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the end it bites like a snake and stings like a viper.

International Standard Version
Eventually it will bite like a snake and sting like a serpent.

NET Bible
Afterward it bites like a snake, and stings like a viper.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the end of the wine is like a wound from a serpent and like a flying cockatrice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Later it bites like a snake and strikes like a poisonous snake.

Jubilee Bible 2000
At the last it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.

King James 2000 Bible
At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.

American King James Version
At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.

American Standard Version
At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like an adder.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But in the end, it will bite like a snake, and will spread abroad poison like a basilisk.

Darby Bible Translation
at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

English Revised Version
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Webster's Bible Translation
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

World English Bible
In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper.

Young's Literal Translation
Its latter end -- as a serpent it biteth, And as a basilisk it stingeth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:29-35 Solomon warns against drunkenness. Those that would be kept from sin, must keep from all the beginnings of it, and fear coming within reach of its allurements. Foresee the punishment, what it will at last end in, if repentance prevent not. It makes men quarrel. Drunkards wilfully make woe and sorrow for themselves. It makes men impure and insolent. The tongue grows unruly; the heart utters things contrary to reason, religion, and common civility. It stupifies and besots men. They are in danger of death, of damnation; as much exposed as if they slept upon the top of a mast, yet feel secure. They fear no peril when the terrors of the Lord are before them; they feel no pain when the judgments of God are actually upon them. So lost is a drunkard to virtue and honour, so wretchedly is his conscience seared, that he is not ashamed to say, I will seek it again. With good reason we were bid to stop before the beginning. Who that has common sense would contract a habit, or sell himself to a sin, which tends to such guilt and misery, and exposes a man every day to the danger of dying insensible, and awaking in hell? Wisdom seems in these chapters to take up the discourse as at the beginning of the book. They must be considered as the words of Christ to the sinner.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 32. - At the last it biteth like a serpent. Wine is like the subtle poison of a serpent, which affects the whole body, and produces the most fatal consequences (comp. Ecclus. 21:2). Nachash is the generic name for any of the larger tribe of snakes (Genesis 3:1, etc.); the poisonous nature of its bite was, of course, well known (Numbers 21:9). Stingeth like an adder. The Hebrew word is tsiphoni, which is usually rendered "cockatrice" in the Authorized Version, but the particular species intended has not been accurately identified. There was some confusion in men's minds as to the organ which inflicted the poisonous wound. Thus a psalmist says, "They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent" (Psalm 140:3). But the verb "sting" is to be taken in the sense of puncturing, making a wound. Vulgate, Sicut regulus venena diffundet, "It will diffuse its poison like a basilisk:" Septuagint, "But at the last he stretches himself like one stricken by a serpent, and the venom is diffused through him as by a horned snake (κεράστου)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

At the last it biteth like a serpent,.... Though it goes down sweetly, yet it leaves a sting behind it, intemperately drank; a nausea in the stomach, a stink in the breath, pains and giddiness in the head, weakness in the eyes, trembling in the members of the body, palsy, gout, and other distempers, very painful and grievous to be bore; and, what is worse, if the conscience is awakened, sharp and cutting reflections there; and, without true repentance, torments intolerable in the world to come;

and stingeth like an adder; or "spreads" (u), or separates and scatters; that is, its poison. So the Vulgate Latin version, "diffuseth poisons as a basilisk", or "cockatrice"; the Targum and Syriac version,

"as a serpent which flies;''

it signifies the same as before.

(u) "jecur diffindet", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. The acute miseries resulting from drunkenness contrasted with the temptations.

Proverbs 23:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
31Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly; 32At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper. 33Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

Job 20:16
He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.

Psalm 91:13
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

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