Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.

King James Version

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Holman Bible

If the snake bites before it is charmed,
then there is no advantage for the charmer.

International Standard Version

If a serpent strikes despite being charmed, there's no point in being a snake charmer.

A Conservative Version

If the serpent bites before it is charmed, then is there no advantage in the charmer.

American Standard Version

If the serpent bite before it is charmed, then is there no advantage in the charmer.

Amplified

If the serpent bites before it is charmed, then it is no use to call a charmer [and the slanderer is no better than the uncharmed snake].

Bible in Basic English

If a snake gives a bite before the word of power is said, then there is no longer any use in the word of power.

Darby Translation

If the serpent bite before enchantment, then the charmer hath no advantage.

Julia Smith Translation

If a serpent will bite without magic; and no pre?minence to the possessor of the tongue.

King James 2000

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Lexham Expanded Bible

If the snake bites before the charming, {the snake charmer will not succeed}.

Modern King James verseion

Surely the snake will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A babbler of his tongue is no better than a serpent that stingeth without hissing.

NET Bible

If the snake should bite before it is charmed, the snake charmer is in trouble.

New Heart English Bible

If the serpent bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer's tongue.

The Emphasized Bible

If a serpent will bite, unless he is charmed, then there is nothing better for him that owneth a tongue.

Webster

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

World English Bible

If the snake bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer's tongue.

Youngs Literal Translation

If the serpent biteth without enchantment, Then there is no advantage to a master of the tongue.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
נחשׁ 
Nachash 
Usage: 31

will bite
נשׁך 
Nashak 
Usage: 16

לחשׁ 
Lachash 
Usage: 5

and a babbler
לשׁנה לשׁן לשׁון 
Lashown 
Usage: 116

Context Readings

Hard Work And Skill Alone Cannot Succeed'Wisdom Is Necessary

10 If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. 11 If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. 12 Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;



Cross References

Jeremiah 8:17

"For behold, I am sending serpents against you, Adders, for which there is no charm, And they will bite you," declares the LORD.

Psalm 58:4-5

They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

Psalm 52:2

Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

Psalm 64:3

Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

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