Psalm 58:4
New International Version
Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

New Living Translation
They spit venom like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen,

English Standard Version
They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

Berean Study Bible
Their venom is like the poison of a serpent, like a cobra that shuts its ears,

New American Standard Bible
They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

King James Bible
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

Christian Standard Bible
They have venom like the venom of a snake, like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,

Contemporary English Version
Your words spread poison like the bite of a cobra

Good News Translation
They are full of poison like snakes; they stop up their ears like a deaf cobra,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They have venom like the venom of a snake, like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,

International Standard Version
Their venom is like a poisonous snake; even like a deaf serpent that shuts its ears,

NET Bible
Their venom is like that of a snake, like a deaf serpent that does not hear,

New Heart English Bible
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; like a deaf viper that stops its ear,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Their venom is like a snake's or that of a cockatrice, or like a deaf asp that covers its ears.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They have poisonous venom like snakes. They are like a deaf cobra that shuts its ears

JPS Tanakh 1917
Their venom is like the venom of a serpent; They are like the deaf asp that stoppeth her ear;

New American Standard 1977
They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf adder that stops her ear,

King James 2000 Bible
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stops its ear;

American King James Version
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stops her ear;

American Standard Version
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Their venom is like that of a serpent; as that of a deaf asp, and that stops her ears;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Their madness is according to the likeness of a serpent: like the deaf asp that stoppeth her ears:

Darby Bible Translation
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder which stoppeth her ear;

English Revised Version
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

Webster's Bible Translation
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

World English Bible
Their poison is like the poison of a snake; like a deaf cobra that stops its ear,

Young's Literal Translation
Their poison is as poison of a serpent, As a deaf asp shutting its ear,
Study Bible
God Judges the Earth
3The wicked are estranged from the womb; the liars go astray from birth. 4Their venom is like the poison of a serpent, like a cobra that shuts its ears, 5that it need not heed the tune of the charmer who skillfully weaves his spell.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:33
Their wine is the venom of serpents, the deadly poison of cobras.

Psalm 140:3
They make their tongues as sharp as serpents; the venom of vipers is on their lips. Selah

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

Jeremiah 8:17
"For behold, I will send snakes among you, poisonous vipers that cannot be charmed, and they will bite you," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 19:15
"Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel: 'I am about to bring on this city and on all the villages around it every disaster I have pronounced against them, because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words.'"

Zechariah 7:11
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they stopped up their ears from hearing.

Treasury of Scripture

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stops her ear;

poison

Psalm 140:3
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

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

Romans 3:13
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

like [heb.

Matthew 3:7
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Matthew 23:33
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

the deaf

Jeremiah 8:17
For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

adder or asp.

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

Isaiah 11:8
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.







Lexicon
Their venom
חֲמַת־ (ḥă·maṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2534: Heat, anger, poison

[is] like
כִּדְמ֥וּת (kiḏ·mūṯ)
Preposition-k | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1823: Resemblance, model, shape, like

the poison
חֲמַת־ (ḥă·maṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2534: Heat, anger, poison

of a serpent,
נָחָ֑שׁ (nā·ḥāš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5175: A serpent

like
כְּמוֹ־ (kə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3644: Like, as, when

a cobra
פֶ֥תֶן (p̄e·ṯen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6620: (a venomous serpent) perhaps cobra

that shuts
חֵ֝רֵ֗שׁ (ḥê·rêš)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2795: Deaf

its ears,
אָזְנֽוֹ׃ (’ā·zə·nōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 241: Broadness, the ear
(4) Their poison . . .--Better, they have a venom like, &c. The term for serpent is the generic n?chash.

The most forcible images of determined wickedness, and of the destruction it entails, now follow. The first is supplied by the serpent, the more suggestive from the accumulated evil qualities of which that animal has from the first been considered the type. Here the figure is heightened, since the animal is supposed to have been first tamed, but suddenly darts forth its fangs, and shows itself not only untamed, but untameable.

Adder.--Heb., pethen, translated asp in Deuteronomy 32:33; Job 20:14; Isaiah 11:8 (and here by the LXX.) In the Bible Educator iv. 103, the pethen is identified with the Egyptian cobra, the species upon which the serpent charmers practise their peculiar science.

Deaf.--So Jeremiah 8:17 refers to various kinds of serpents that "will not be charmed." Here, however, it would seem as if the poet were thinking of some individual of a species, generally tractable, that obstinately resists the spells and incantations of the charmer.

The image of the deaf adder was a favourite with Shakespeare, who, no doubt, derived it from this psalm.

"Pleasure and revenge

Have ears more deaf than adders to the voice

Of any true decision."

Troilus and Cressida, iii. 2.

(Comp. 2 Hen. VI., iii. 2.)

Verse 4. - Their poison is like the poison of a serpent (comp. Psalm 140:3; Song of Sirach 25:15). They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear. The "adder" was supposed to be deaf, on account of its being very difficult to charm. It was thought obstinately to set itself against the charmer, and, as it were, stop its ears against him. 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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