Psalm 58:5
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New International Version
that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.

New Living Translation
ignoring the tunes of the snake charmers, no matter how skillfully they play.

English Standard Version
so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.

New American Standard Bible
So that it does not hear the voice of charmers, Or a skillful caster of spells.

King James Bible
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
that does not listen to the sound of the charmers who skillfully weave spells.

International Standard Version
refusing to hear the voice of the snake charmer, the cunning enchanter.

NET Bible
that does not respond to the magicians, or to a skilled snake-charmer.

New Heart English Bible
which doesn't listen to the voice of charmers, no matter how skillful the charmer may be.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That will not hear the voice of the charmer or conjurer or of a wise man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that it cannot hear the voice of a snake charmer or of anyone trained to cast spells.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, Or of the most cunning binder of spells.

New American Standard 1977
So that it does not hear the voice of charmers,
            Or a skillful caster of spells.

Jubilee Bible 2000
which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

King James 2000 Bible
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming ever so wisely.

American King James Version
Which will not listen to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

American Standard Version
Which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, Charming never so wisely.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which will not hear the voice of the charmers; nor of the wizard that charmeth wisely.

Darby Bible Translation
Which doth not hearken to the voice of enchanters, of one charming ever so wisely.

English Revised Version
Which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

Webster's Bible Translation
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

World English Bible
which doesn't listen to the voice of charmers, no matter how skillful the charmer may be.

Young's Literal Translation
Which hearkeneth not to the voice of whisperers, A charmer of charms most skilful.
Study Bible
God Judges the Earth
4They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear, 5So that it does not hear the voice of charmers, Or a skillful caster of spells. 6O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 18:11
or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.

Psalm 7:12
If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.

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

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

Which will not listen to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

Which. That serpents might be charmed or rendered harmless was well known to the ancients. Virgil, and many others state the fact:--Frigidus in pratis cantando, rumpitur anguis `In the meadows the cold snake is burst by incantation.'

charming never so wisely. or, be the charmer never so cunning

Deuteronomy 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, …

Isaiah 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the middle thereof; and I will …

(5) Charmers.--Heb., melachashm, a word undoubtedly formed from the sound made by the charmer in imitating the snake, in order to entice it from its hole. Lane, in Modern Egyptians, describing a snake charmer at his task, says: "He assumes an air of mystery, strikes the walls with a short palm stick, whistles, makes a clacking noise with his tongue." The art of serpent charming, and the magic connected with it, was of great antiquity in Egypt, and passed thence to surrounding countries.

Charming never so wisely.--Literally, one tying knots wisely, i.e., a most skilful charmer.

Verse 5. - Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers. Serpent charmers are alluded to in Ecclesiastes 10:11 and Jeremiah 6:17. They have at all times been common in the East, as they are still in India; and it is with reason suspected that the magicians of Pharaoh employed the art in their contest with Moses and Aaron. Charming never so wisely; literally, though they bind their spells skilfully. Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers,.... Or "that use enchantments", to enchant serpents, by muttering certain words, or by magical songs; by which means it is said that they have been drawn out of their holes, or caused to fly, or have become stupefied, and have lost their poison, and even burst asunder; as Bochart (b) relates from Pliny, Aelianus, Lucan, Isidore, Virgil, Ovid, Horace, and others: but an "asp" is unmoved by enchantments, and they are of no avail against its bites and poison (c). Nor do these words suppose that the psalmist approved of enchantments, or affirms the virtue of them to be real, but rather suggests the contrary; he only takes his similitude from the seeming deafness and disregard of serpents to enchantments, to set forth the obstinacy of wicked men: and their resolution to continue in their wicked ways; like the serpent that disregards men:

charming never so wisely; being "wise, skilful" (d), or made wise in enchanting enchantments; one very learned and expert in the art; or in "associating associations, skilful" (e): who makes a consort of magical words to obtain his point, as some think; or because by his enchantments he associates and gathers many serpents together, and tames them; or because he does this by society and fellowship with the devil; methods no ways approved of by the psalmist, only alluded to. It may perhaps better be rendered, "which will not hearken to the voice of the eloquent, putting things together ever so wisely": the word is used for an eloquent orator, Isaiah 3:3. Such Gospel ministers are, who are mighty in the Scriptures. The voice of the Gospel is a charming voice; it publishes good news and glad tidings; it is a voice of love, grace, and mercy, of peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation by Christ; and is wisely charmed when it gives no uncertain sound, is all of a piece, and is faithfully preached, as it was by the apostles of Christ; who, as wise men, laid him as the foundation of eternal life and salvation; and especially as it was preached by Christ himself, who spake as never man did: and yet, such were the hardness and obstinacy of the wicked Jews, that they stopped their ears to his ministry, nor would they suffer others to attend upon it; and so it is now: which shows the insufficiency of the best means of themselves, and the necessity of powerful and efficacious grace, to work upon the hearts of men.

(b) Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 2. c. 6. col. 390. (c) Aelian. de Animal. l. 1. c. 54. (d) "incantantis incantationem periti", Vatablus; "vel incantationes exercitati ac peritissimi", Michaelis; "of him that is made wise", Ainsworth. (e) "Jungentis conjunctiones docti", Montanus; "consociantis societates serpentum", Michaelis. 58:1-5 When wrong is done under the form of law, it is worse than any other; especially it is grievous to behold those who profess to be children of God, joining together against any of his people. We should thank the Lord for merciful restraints; we should be more earnest in seeking renewing grace, more watchful over ourselves, and more patient under the effects of fallen nature in others. The corruption of their nature was the root of bitterness. We may see in children the wickedness of the world beginning. They go astray from God and their duty as soon as possibly they can. And how soon will little children tell lies! It is our duty to take pains to teach them, and above all, earnestly to pray for converting grace to make our children new creatures. Though the poison be within, much of it may be kept from breaking forth to injure others. When the Saviour's words are duly regarded, the serpent becomes harmless. But those who refuse to hear heavenly wisdom, must perish miserably, for ever.
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