Jeremiah 8:17
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.

Berean Study Bible
“For behold, I will send snakes among you, poisonous vipers that cannot be charmed, and they will 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
"Watch out!" the LORD says. "I'm sending poisonous snakes to attack you, and no one can stop them."

Good News Translation
"Watch out!" the LORD says, "I am sending snakes among you, poisonous snakes that cannot be charmed, and they will bite you."

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For, behold, I send forth against you deadly serpents, which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you

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
16The snorting of enemy horses is heard from Dan. At the sound of the neighing of mighty steeds, the whole land quakes. They come to devour the land and everything in it, the city and all who dwell in it.” 17“For behold, I will send snakes among you, poisonous vipers that cannot be charmed, and they will bite you,” declares the LORD.
Cross References
Numbers 21:6
So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many of the Israelites were bitten and died.

Deuteronomy 32:24
They will be wasted from hunger, ravaged by pestilence and bitter plague; I will send the fangs of wild beasts against them, with the venom of vipers that slither in the dust.

Psalm 58:4
Their venom is like the poison of a serpent, like a cobra that shuts its ears,

Psalm 58:5
that it need not heed the tune of the charmer who skillfully weaves his spell.

Ecclesiastes 10:11
If the snake bites before it is 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, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

Isaiah 14:29
Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

Amos 5:19
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

which.

Psalm 58:4,5
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; …

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







Lexicon
“For
כִּי֩ (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

behold,
הִנְנִ֨י (hin·nî)
Interjection | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

I will send
מְשַׁלֵּ֜חַ (mə·šal·lê·aḥ)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

snakes among you,
נְחָשִׁים֙ (nə·ḥā·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5175: A serpent

poisonous vipers
צִפְעֹנִ֔ים (ṣip̄·‘ō·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6848: A serpent

that
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

cannot
אֵין־ (’ên-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

be charmed,
לָ֑חַשׁ (lā·ḥaš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3908: A whisper, a private prayer, an incantation, an amulet

and they will bite
וְנִשְּׁכ֥וּ (wə·niš·šə·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5391: To strike with a, sting, to oppress with usury

you,”
אֶתְכֶ֖ם (’eṯ·ḵem)
Direct object marker | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(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 Chaldaean 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). 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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