Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
They spit poison like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen,
Poison, lethal rattlesnake poison, drips from their forked tongues--
Their poison is like the poison of a snake; they are like the adder, whose ears are shut;
They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,
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1 tn Heb “[there is] venom to them according to the likeness of venom of a snake.”
2 tn Or perhaps “cobra” (cf. NASB, NIV). Other suggested species of snakes are “asp” (NEB) and “adder” (NRSV).
3 tn Heb “[that] stops up its ear.” The apparent Hiphil jussive verbal form should be understood as a Qal imperfect with “i” theme vowel (see GKC 168 §63.n).