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Psalms 58:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: [They are] like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder which stoppeth her ear;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Their poison, is like unto the poison of a serpent, Like the deaf adder, that stoppeth his ear;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Their poison [is] as poison of a serpent, As a deaf asp shutting its ear,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Their madness is according to the likeness of a serpent: like the deaf asp that stoppeth her ears:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Their poison is like the poyson of a serpent; they are like the deafe adder [that] stoppeth her eare:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Their venom is like [that] of a serpent; as [that] of a deaf asp, and that stops her ears;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Their poison 2534
{2534} Prime
חֵמָה
chemah
{khay-maw'}
From H3179; heat; figuratively anger, poison (from its fever).
[is] like 1823
{1823} Prime
דְּמוּת
d@muwth
{dem-ooth'}
From H1819; resemblance; concretely model, shape; adverbially like.
the poison 2534
{2534} Prime
חֵמָה
chemah
{khay-maw'}
From H3179; heat; figuratively anger, poison (from its fever).
of a serpent: 5175
{5175} Prime
נָחָשׁ
nachash
{naw-khawsh'}
From H5172; a snake (from its hiss).
[they are] like x3644
(3644) Complement
כְמוֹ
k@mow
{kem-o'}
A form of the prefix K, but used separately (compare H3651); as, thus, so.
the deaf 2795
{2795} Prime
חֵרֵשׁ
cheresh
{khay-rashe'}
From H2790; deaf (whether literal or spiritual).
adder 6620
{6620} Prime
פֶּתֶן
pethen
{peh'-then}
From an unused root meaning to twist; an asp (from its contortions).
[that] stoppeth 331
{0331} Prime
אָטַם
'atam
{aw-tam'}
A primitive root; to close (the lips or ears); by analogy to contract (a window by bevelled jambs).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
her ear; 241
{0241} Prime
אֹזֶן
'ozen
{o'-zen}
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 58:3-5.


Psalms 58:4

_ _ stoppeth her — literally, “his.”

_ _ ear — that is, the wicked man (the singular used collectively), who thus becomes like the deaf adder which has no ear.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 58:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 58:4

Poison — Their malicious disposition.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 58:4

Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf (d) adder [that] stoppeth her ear;

(d) They pass in malice and subtilty the crafty serpent who could preserve himself by stopping his ears from the enchanter.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
poison:

Psalms 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:
James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

like:
Heb. according to the likeness of

serpent:

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, Pethen, is no doubt the boeten of the Arabians, which M. Forskal describes as spotted with black and white, about one foot in length, nearly half an inch thick, oviparous, and its bite almost instant death. It is the aspic of the ancients, and is so called the literati of Cyprus, though the common people call it κουφη, deaf.
Job 20:14 [Yet] his meat in his bowels is turned, [it is] the gall of asps within him.
Job 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay 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.
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Jb 20:14, 16. Ps 140:3. Ec 10:11. Is 11:8. Jr 8:17. Mt 3:7; 23:33. Ro 3:13. Jm 3:8.

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