Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
a. ASV: Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of asps.
b. YLT: The poison of dragons is their wine And the fierce venom of asps.
c. Amplified Bible Classic: Their wine is the [furious] venom of serpents, and the pitiless poison of vipers.
d. Septuagint: Their wine [is] the rage of serpents, and the incurable rage of asps.
e. Stone Edition Torah/Prophets/Writings: Serpents’ venom is their wine, the poison of cruel vipers.
1. “Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.”
a. [Their] wine [Strong: 3196 yayin, yah'-yin; from an unused root meaning to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication, intoxication:—banqueting, wine, wine(-bibber).]
b. [is the] poison [Strong: 2534 chêmâh, khay-maw'; or (Daniel 11:44) חֵמָא chêmâʼ; from H3179; heat; figuratively, anger, poison (from its fever):—anger, bottles, hot displeasure, furious(-ly, -ry), heat, indignation, poison, rage, wrath(-ful).]
c. [of] dragons [Strong: 8577 tannîyn, tan-neen'; or תַּנִּים tannîym; (Ezekiel 29:3), intensive from the same as H8565; a marine or land monster, i.e. sea-serpent or jackal:—dragon, sea-monster, serpent, whale.]
d. [and the] cruel [Strong: 393 ʼakzâr, ak-zawr'; from an unused root (apparently meaning to act harshly); violent; by implication deadly; also (in a good sense) brave:—cruel, fierce.]
e. venom [Strong: 7219 rôʼsh, roshe; or רוֹשׁ rôwsh; (Deuteronomy 32:32), apparently the same as H7218; a poisonous plant, probably the poppy (from its conspicuous head); generally poison (even of serpents):—gall, hemlock, poison, venom.]
f. [of] aspa [Strong: 6620 pethen, peh'-then; from an unused root meaning to twist; an asp (from its contortions):—adder.]
1). When paul was bringing the indictment against all mankind, “the poison of asps” was used in the description of man.
a). Romans 3:9-13 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: