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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 species of poisonous serpents known by the Arabic name of 'el ephah. Tristram has identified it with the sand viper, a species of small size common in sandy regions, and frequently found under stones by the shores of the Dead Sea. It is rapid in its movements, and highly poisonous. In the New Testament _echidne_ is used (Matt. 3:7; 12:34; 23:33) for any poisonous snake. The viper mentioned in Acts 28:3 was probably the vipera aspis, or 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 -A serpent Job 20:16; Isa 30:6; 59:5 -Fastens on Paul's hand Ac 28:3 -See SERPENT -FIGURATIVE Mt 3:7; 23:33; Lu 3:7

Viper in Smiths Bible Dictionary [SERPENT]

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. See SERPENT.

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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