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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like a basilisk.

New American Standard 1977
At the last it bites like a serpent,
            And stings like a viper.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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 reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Job 20:16
"He sucks the poison of cobras; The viper's tongue slays him.

Psalm 91:13
You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

Isaiah 11:8
The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den.
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