Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

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

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.

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 being charmed, then there is no profit for the charmer.

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 ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge,
then one must exert more strength;
however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.
11 If the snake bites before it is charmed,
then there is no advantage for the charmer.
12 The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious,
but the lips of a fool consume him.



Cross References

Jeremiah 8:17

Indeed, I am about to send snakes among you,
poisonous vipers that cannot be charmed.
They will bite you.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Psalm 58:4-5

They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,

Psalm 52:2

Like a sharpened razor,
your tongue devises destruction,
working treachery.

Psalm 64:3

who sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim bitter words like arrows,

Proverbs 18:21

Life and death 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 tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.

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