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Jeremiah 8:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For, behold, I will send serpents, adders, among you, which will not be charmed; and they shall bite you, saith Jehovah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “For behold, I am sending serpents against you, Adders, for which there is no charm, And they will bite you,” declares the LORD.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For behold, I send among you serpents, vipers against which there is no charm, and they shall bite you, saith Jehovah.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For behold me! sending among you, serpents—vipers which there is no, charming,—And they shall fatally bite you, Declareth Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For, lo, I am sending among you serpents, Vipers that have no charmer, And they have bitten you, an affirmation of Jehovah.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For behold I will send among you serpents, basilisks, against which there is no charm: and they shall bite you, saith the Lord.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For behold, I wil send serpents, cockatrices among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they shall bite you; saith the LORD.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For, behold, I send forth against you deadly serpents, which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they shall bite you, saith Yahweh.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For, x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
behold, x2009
(2009) Complement
Prolonged for H2005; lo!.
I will send 7971
{7971} Prime
A primitive root; to send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications).
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
serpents, 5175
{5175} Prime
From H5172; a snake (from its hiss).
cockatrices, 6848
{6848} Prime
From an unused root meaning to extrude; a viper (as thrusting out the tongue, that is, hissing).
among you, which x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
[will] not x369
(0369) Complement
As if from a primitive root meaning to be nothing or not exist; a non-entity; generally used as a negative particle.
[be] charmed, 3908
{3908} Prime
From H3907; properly a whisper, that is, by implication (in a good sense) a private prayer, (in a bad one) an incantation; concretely an amulet.
and they shall bite 5391
{5391} Prime
A primitive root; to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan.
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
you, saith 5002
{5002} Prime
From H5001; an oracle.
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
Yhw יָהוֶה. 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Jeremiah 8:17

_ _ I — Jehovah.

_ _ cockatrices — basilisks (Isaiah 11:8), that is, enemies whose destructive power no means, by persuasion or otherwise, can counteract. Serpent-charmers in the East entice serpents by music, and by a particular pressure on the neck render them incapable of darting (Psalms 58:4, Psalms 58:5).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Jeremiah 8:13-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Jeremiah 8:17

Shall bite — There will be no appeasing their fury by any method.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Jeremiah 8:17

For, behold, I will (m) send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

(m) God threatens to send the Babylonians among them who will utterly destroy them in such sort, as by no means they will escape.

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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.
Amos 9:3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
Revelation 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails [were] like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.


Psalms 58:4-5 Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear; ... Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
Ecclesiastes 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
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