Bible Animals: Viper
Viper in the ancient World.
Ancient Viper. THE habit of lurking in the sand and biting at the horse's heels, suits the character of a well-known species of venomous snake, and helps us to identify it with the celebrated Viper, the asp of Cleopatra, which is found abundantly in the dry, sandy deserts of Egypt, Syria, and Arabia. The snake that fastened upon St. Paul's hand, when he was at Melita (Acts xxviii. 3) was probably the common viper of this country. - Animals, Birds, Insects, And Reptiles Of The Bible
Viper in Easton's Bible Dictionary
In Job 20:16, Isa. 30:6; 59:5, the Heb. word eph'eh is thus
rendered. The Hebrew word, however, probably denotes a
of poisonous serpents known by the Arabic name of 'el
Tristram has identified it with the sand viper, a
small size common in sandy regions, and frequently
stones by the shores of the Dead Sea. It is rapid in
movements, and highly poisonous. In the New Testament
is used (Matt. 3:7; 12:34; 23:33) for any poisonous
viper mentioned in Acts 28:3 was probably the vipera
the Mediterranean viper. (See ADDER -T0000085.)
Viper in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
(See ADDER; SERPENT.) Epheh (Isaiah 59:5); viviparous, as the
derivation of viper implies. Symbol of hypocrisy and malignity
(Matthew 3:7; Matthew 12:34; Matthew 23:33).
Viper in Naves Topical Bible
Job 20:16; Isa 30:6; 59:5
-Fastens on Paul's hand
Mt 3:7; 23:33; Lu 3:7
Viper in Smiths Bible Dictionary
Viper in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
vi'-per ('eph`eh (Job 20:16; Isa 30:6; 59:5); echidna (Mt 3:7
= Lk 3:7; Mt 12:34; 23:33; Acts 28:3)): Several vipers are
found in Israel, but it is not certain that 'eph`eh referred
definitely to any of them.
Viper Scripture - Acts 28:3
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid [them]
on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened
on his hand.
Viper Scripture - Isaiah 30:6
The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of
trouble and anguish, from whence [come] the young and old
lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry
their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their
treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people [that] shall
not profit [them].
Viper Scripture - Isaiah 59:5
They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he
that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed
breaketh out into a viper.
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