Romans 3:13
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New International Version
"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."

New Living Translation
"Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies." "Snake venom drips from their lips."

English Standard Version
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”

New American Standard Bible
"THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING," "THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS";

King James Bible
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers' venom is under their lips.

International Standard Version
Their throats are open graves. With their tongues they deceive. The venom of poisonous snakes is under their lips.

NET Bible
"Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Their throats are opened tombs, their tongues are deceitful, and the venom of asps is under their lips.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their throats are open graves. Their tongues practice deception. Their lips hide the venom of poisonous snakes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips,

King James 2000 Bible
Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

American King James Version
Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

American Standard Version
Their throat is an open sepulchre; With their tongues they have used deceit: The poison of asps is under their lips:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have dealt deceitfully. The venom of asps is under their lips.

Darby Bible Translation
their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; asps' poison [is] under their lips:

English Revised Version
Their throat is an open sepulchre; With their tongues they have used deceit: The poison of asps is under their lips:

Webster's Bible Translation
Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

Weymouth New Testament
"Their throats resemble an opened grave; with their tongues they have been talking deceitfully." "The venom of vipers lies hidden behind their lips."

World English Bible
"Their throat is an open tomb. With their tongues they have used deceit." "The poison of vipers is under their lips;"

Young's Literal Translation
A sepulchre opened is their throat; with their tongues they used deceit; poison of asps is under their lips.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:9-18 Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Their throat is an open sepulchre,.... The several vices of the instruments of speech are here, and in the following verse, exposed: "the throat" is said to "be an open sepulchre", as in Psalm 5:9, so called, for its voracity and insatiableness; both as an instrument of speech, for the words of the wicked are devouring ones; and as an instrument of swallowing, and so may denote the sinner's eager desire after sin, the delight and pleasure he takes in it, the abundance of it he takes in, and his insatiable greediness for it; likewise for its filthy stench, the communication of evil men being corrupt; and because, as by an open grave, persons may fall unawares to their hurt, so the evil communications of wicked men, as they corrupt good manners, are dangerous and hurtful: R. Aben Ezra explains it by , "immediate destruction", or sudden death:

with their tongues they have used deceit; which may design the sin of flattery, for the words in Psalm 5:9; the place referred to, are, "they flatter with their tongue"; either God or men, themselves or others, their princes or their neighbour; for there are flatterers in things sacred and civil, there are self-flatterers, court flatterers, and flattering preachers, and all abominable and mischievous; or the phrase may design the sin of lying, either politically, officiously, perniciously, and religiously; and in this latter way, either with respect to doctrine or practice:

the poison of asps is under their lips; or as in Psalm 140:3, "adders' poison is under their lips". The asp is but a small creature, and so is the tongue, James 3:5, but there is a world of mischief in it, signified by poison; which, as that, is latent and secret, is under it; and as that stupefies and kills insensibly, so an evil tongue does, and that in a deadly and incurable manner: oftentimes the Jews speak of the evil imagination, or corruption of nature entering into persons, and operating in them, "as poison in an angry serpent" (w).

(w) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 62. 2. Yoma, fol. 9. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13-18. Their, &c.—From generals, the apostle here comes to particulars, culling from different parts of Scripture passages which speak of depravity as it affects the different members of the body; as if to show more affectingly how "from the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness" in us.

throat is an open sepulchre—(Ps 5:9); that is, "What proceeds out of their heart, and finds vent in speech and action through the throat, is like the pestilential breath of an open grave."

with their tongues they have used deceit—(Ps 5:9); that is, "That tongue which is man's glory (Ps 16:9; 57:8) is prostituted to the purposes of deception."

the poison of asps is under their lips—(Ps 140:3): that is, "Those lips which should 'drop as an honeycomb,' and 'feed many,' and 'give thanks unto His name' (So 4:11; Pr 10:21; Heb 13:15), are employed to secrete and to dart deadly poison."

Romans 3:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
There is No One Righteous
12ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE." 13"THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING," "THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS"; 14"WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS";…
Cross References
Psalm 5:9
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.

Psalm 140:3
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Romans 3:12
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."

James 3:8
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Treasury of Scripture

Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

throat.

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Jeremiah 5:16 Their quiver is as an open sepulcher, they are all mighty men.

Matthew 23:27,28 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to …

with their.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Psalm 12:3,4 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks …

Psalm 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; …

Jeremiah 9:3-5 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are …

Ezekiel 13:7 Have you not seen a vain vision, and have you not spoken a lying …

Matthew 12:34,35 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

the poison.

Deuteronomy 32:33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

Job 20:14-16 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him…

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

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