New Living Translation
Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?
King James Bible
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Darby Bible Translation
Serpents, offspring of vipers, how should ye escape the judgment of hell?
World English Bible
You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna?
Young's Literal Translation
'Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna?
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
23:33 Ye serpents - Our Lord having now lost all hope of reclaiming these, speaks so as to affright others from the like sins.
LibraryAmong the People, and with the Pharisees
It would have been difficult to proceed far either in Galilee or in Judaea without coming into contact with an altogether peculiar and striking individuality, differing from all around, and which would at once arrest attention. This was the Pharisee. Courted or feared, shunned or flattered, reverently looked up to or laughed at, he was equally a power everywhere, both ecclesiastically and politically, as belonging to the most influential, the most zealous, and the most closely-connected religions …
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life
The General Service to a Prophet.
Liberty of Conscience Threatened
Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and his Adherents, in this Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Souls.
They will say, 'If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? We were counting on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.'"
But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. "You brood of snakes!" he exclaimed. "Who warned you to flee God's coming wrath?
But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.
Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started.
When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, "You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee God's coming wrath?
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