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Asp
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Any poisonous snake; sometimes translated as “adder” (Pss 58:4; 91:13). The asp may be the Egyptian cobra, but could be any of the more common poisonous snakes in southern Palestine. The poison of the asp characterizes enemy nations (Deut 32:33) and the wicked (Job 20:14, 16; Rom 3:13). The child who plays over the hole of the asp represents the nature of the Messianic kingdom (Isa 11:8).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Asp
Asp (פֶּתֶן‎, pethen; ἀσπίς, aspis). Any poisonous snake; sometimes translated as “adder” (Pss 58:4; 91:13). The asp may be the Egyptian cobra, but could be any of the more common poisonous snakes in southern Palestine. The poison of the asp characterizes enemy nations (Deut 32:33) and the wicked (Job
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Asp
Asp. Poisonous snake mentioned in the Bible, probably the Egyptian cobra.See Animals.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Asp
Asp [Heb. peṯen (Dt. 32:33; Job 20:14, 16; Isa. 11:8); Ugar. bṯn; Akk. bašmu; Gk. aspís (Rom. 3:13)]. Any species of poisonous snake would suit the above references, though peṯen is rendered “adder” in Ps. 58:4; 91:13 by the AV and RSV. The biblical usage is uniformly metaphorical.See also Adder;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Asp
ASP* Poisonous snake mentioned in the Bible, probably the Egyptian cobra. See Animals.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Asp
asp, a poisonous snake (Naja haja). In Isa. 11:8, ultimate peace and security are symbolized by a nursing child playing over the hole of an asp. Elsewhere, people are depicted as having the “venom of asps” within them (Job 20:14; cf. Deut. 32:33).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Asp
Asp (Heb. pethen), translated adder in Ps. 58:4; 91:13. Probably the Egyptian cobra, a small and very poisonous serpent, a dweller in the holes of walls, Isa. 11:8, and a snake upon which the serpent-charmers practiced their art.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Asp
Asp(Heb. pethen), Deut. 32:33; Job 20:14, 16; Isa. 11:8. It was probably the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), which was very poisonous (Rom. 3:13; Gr. aspis). The Egyptians worshipped it as the uraeus, and it was found in the desert and in the fields. The peace and security of Messiah’s reign is represented
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Asp
Aspasp, a poisonous snake (Naja haja), depicted in bronze at Gezer; it is employed by several biblical poets as a metaphor to convey deadly anger or poison (e.g., Deut. 32:33; Rom. 3:13).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ASP
ASP( פֶּתֶן‎ [pethen] (Deuteronomy 32:33; Job 20:14, 16; Isaiah 11:8); [ἀσπίς, aspis] (Romans 3:13)); Any poisonous snake, or even poisonous snakes in general, would satisfy the context in all the passages cited. Pethen is also translated ADDER (which see) in Psalm 58:4; 91:13. Most
Compton’s Encyclopedia
asp
aspa small, poisonous, European snake, Vipera aspis, of sunny scrubland and mountain slopes from southern France and Spain eastward to Bosnia. Also called the European asp, or asp viper, it is closely related to the adder in the viper family Viperidae. (The name asp is also sometimes applied to the
Cobra
Cobraany of about 21 species of medium to large poisonous snakes inhabiting tropical and subtropical Asia and Africa that are known for a unique threat display in which they raise the front of the body straight up and pull the ribs of the neck sideways and forward, flattening the neck into a hood. Characterized
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Asp
Asp [Heb. pethen, so called probably from extending itself], a serpent remarkable for the venom and the instantaneously fatal effect of its poison. The Hebrew word occurs in six passages: Deut. 32:33; Job 20:14, 16; Ps. 58:4; 91:13; Isa. 11:8. In the two passages from the Psalms the word is rendered
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Asp
ASP KJV translation for a dangerous, poisonous snake (Deut. 32:33; Job 20:14, 16; Isa. 11:8; Rom. 3:13). Other translations use “serpent,” “viper,” or “cobra” at some or all of these places. The Hebrew term peten occurs also in Ps. 58:4, where KJV translates “adder.” Some works point to the cobra naja
Cobra
COBRA Poisonous snake. See Reptiles.A cobra pictured in the famous Nile Mosaic.
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