They will lick the dust like a snake;
they will come trembling out of their hiding places
like reptiles slithering on the ground.
They will tremble in the presence of Yahweh our God;
they will stand in awe of You.
He will be a snake by the road,
a viper beside the path,
that bites the horses’ heels
so that its rider falls backward.
They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,
They make their tongues
as sharp as a snake’s bite;
viper’s venom is under their lips.Selah
Their throat is an open grave;
they deceive with their tongues.
Vipers’ venom is under their lips.
Egypt will hiss like a slithering snake,
for the enemy will come with an army;
with axes they will come against her
like those who cut trees.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
“Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell?
He then said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails, which resemble snakes, have heads, and they inflict injury with them.
“Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as harmless as doves.
In the end it bites like a snake
and stings like a viper.