King James Version
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Darby Bible Translation
If the serpent bite before enchantment, then the charmer hath no advantage.
World English Bible
If the snake bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer's tongue.
Young's Literal Translation
If the serpent biteth without enchantment, Then there is no advantage to a master of the tongue.
Ecclesiastes 10:11 Parallel
CommentaryKing James Translators' Notes
a babbler: Heb. the master of the tongue
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.Ecclesiastes 10:11 Parallel Commentaries
Library"For they that are after the Flesh do Mind,"
Rom. viii. s 5, 6.--"For they that are after the flesh do mind," &c. "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." There are many differences among men in this world, that, as to outward appearance, are great and wide, and indeed they are so eagerly pursued, and seriously minded by men, as if they were great and momentous. You see what a strife and contention there is among men, how to be extracted out of the dregs of the multitude, and set a little higher …
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
Luther Before the Diet
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
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.
If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.
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