Job 20:16
New International Version
He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.

New Living Translation
They will suck the poison of cobras. The viper will kill them.

English Standard Version
He will suck the poison of cobras; the tongue of a viper will kill him.

Berean Study Bible
He will suck the poison of cobras; the fangs of a viper will kill him.

King James Bible
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

New King James Version
He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue will slay him.

New American Standard Bible
“He sucks the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue kills him.

NASB 1995
“He sucks the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue slays him.

NASB 1977
“He sucks the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue slays him.

Amplified Bible
“He sucks the poison of vipers [which ill-gotten wealth contains]; The viper’s tongue slays him.

Christian Standard Bible
He will suck the poison of cobras; a viper’s fangs will kill him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will suck the poison of cobras; a viper’s fangs will kill him.

American Standard Version
He shall suck the poison of asps: The viper's tongue shall slay him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The venom of the asp he will pour out and the tongue of an asp will kill him

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And let him suck the poison of serpents, and let the serpent's tongue slay him.

Contemporary English Version
They will die from the fangs of poisonous snakes

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall suck the head of asps, and the viper's tongue shall kill him.

English Revised Version
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

Good News Translation
What the evil people swallow is like poison; it kills them like the bite of a deadly snake.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The godless person sucks the poison of snakes. A viper's fang kills him.

International Standard Version
He will suck the poison of cobras; the fangs of a viper will slay him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He shall suck the poison of asps; The viper's tongue shall slay him.

Literal Standard Version
He sucks [the] gall of cobras, the tongue of a viper slays him.

NET Bible
He sucks the poison of serpents; the fangs of a viper kill him.

New Heart English Bible
He shall suck cobra venom. The viper's tongue shall kill him.

World English Bible
He shall suck cobra venom. The viper's tongue shall kill him.

Young's Literal Translation
Gall of asps he sucketh, Slay him doth the tongue of a viper.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked
15He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach. 16He will suck the poison of cobras; the fangs of a viper will kill him. 17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:24
They will be wasted from hunger and 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.

Deuteronomy 32:33
Their wine is the venom of serpents, the deadly poison of cobras.

Job 6:4
For the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Proverbs 23:32
In the end it bites like a snake and stings like a viper.


Treasury of Scripture

He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

the poison

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

the viper's

Isaiah 30:6
The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

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?

Acts 28:3-6
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand…









Verse 16. - He shall suck the poison of asps. Probably Zophar does not affix any very distinct meaning to his threats. He is content to utter a series of fierce-sounding but vague menaces, which he knows that Job will regard as launched against himself, and does not care whether they are taken metaphorically or literally. Job will be equally distressed in either ease. The viper's tongue shall slay him. It is really the viper's tooth, and not his tongue, that slays; but Zophar is not, any more than Job (Job 27:18), an accomplished naturalist.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He will suck
יִינָ֑ק (yî·nāq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3243: To suck, to give milk

the poison
רֹאשׁ־ (rōš-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7219: A poisonous plant, the poppy, poison

of cobras;
פְּתָנִ֥ים (pə·ṯā·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6620: (a venomous serpent) perhaps cobra

the fangs
לְשׁ֣וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 3956: The tongue

of a viper
אֶפְעֶֽה׃ (’ep̄·‘eh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 660: An asp, other venomous serpent

will kill him.
תַּֽ֝הַרְגֵ֗הוּ (ta·har·ḡê·hū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2026: To smite with deadly intent


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