Deuteronomy 32:33
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English Standard Version
their wine is the poison of serpents and the cruel venom of asps.

King James Bible
Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

American Standard Version
Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of asps.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Their wine is the gall of dragons, and the venom of asps, which is incurable.

English Revised Version
Their wine is the poison of dragons, And the cruel venom of asps.

Webster's Bible Translation
Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

Deuteronomy 32:33 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"I should say, I will blow them away, I will blot out the remembrance of them among men; if I did not fear wrath upon the enemy, that their enemies might mistake it, that they might say, Our hand was high, and Jehovah has not done all this." The meaning is, that the people would have deserved to be utterly destroyed, and it was only for His own name's sake that God abstained from utter destruction. אמרתּי to be construed conditionally requires לוּלי: if I did not fear (as actually was the case) I should resolve to destroy them, without leaving a trace behind. "I should say," used to denote the purpose of God, like "he said" in Deuteronomy 32:20. The ἁπ. λεγ. אפאיחם, which has been rendered in very different ways, cannot be regarded, as it is by the Rabbins, as a denom. verb from פּאה, a corner; and Calvin's rendering, "to scatter through corners," does not suit the context; whilst the meaning, "to cast or scare out of all corners," cannot be deduced from this derivation. The context requires the signification to annihilate, as the remembrance of them was to vanish from the earth. We get this meaning if we trace it to פּאה, to blow, - related to פּעה (Isaiah 42:14) and פּהה, from which comes פּה, - in the Hiphil "to blow away," not to blow asunder. השׁבּית, not "to cause to rest," but to cause to cease, delere (as in Amos 8:4). "Wrath upon the enemy," i.e., "displeasure on the part of God at the arrogant boasting of the enemy, which was opposed to the glory of God" (Vitringa). פּן, lest, after גּוּר, to fear. On this reason for sparing Israel, see Deuteronomy 9:28; Exodus 32:12; Numbers 14:13.; Isaiah 10:5. Enemy is a generic term, hence it is followed by the plural. נכר, Piel, to find strange, sc., the destruction of Israel, i.e., to mistake the reason for it, or, as is shown by what follows, to ascribe the destruction of Israel to themselves and their own power, whereas it had been the word of God. "Our hand was high," i.e., has lifted itself up or shown itself mighty, an intentional play upon the "high hand" of the Lord (Exodus 14:8; cf. Isaiah 26:11). - The reason why Israel did not deserve to be spared is given in Deuteronomy 32:28 : "For a people forsaken of counsel are they, and there is not understanding in them." "Forsaken of counsel," i.e., utterly destitute of counsel.

This want of understanding on the part of Israel is still further expounded in Deuteronomy 32:29-32, where the words of God pass imperceptibly into the words of Moses, who feels impelled once more to impress the word which the Lord had spoken upon the hearts of the people.

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the poison

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

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

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

Jeremiah 8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defended cities, and let us be silent there...

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

Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:32
For their vine comes from the vine of Sodom and from the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of poison; their clusters are bitter;

Deuteronomy 32:34
"'Is not this laid up in store with me, sealed up in my treasuries?

Job 20:16
He will suck the poison of cobras; the tongue of a viper will kill him.

Psalm 58:4
They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

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