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Romans 3:13

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING," "THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS'" (NASB)

"Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:" (KJV)

"'Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.'  'Snake venom drips from their lips.'" (NLT)

"'Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.'" (NET)

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." (Luke 6:46)

"My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.  Their deepest desire is to destroy others.  Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.  Their tongues are filled with flattery." (Psalm 5:9 NLT)

"Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips. Interlude" (Psalm 140:3)

Out of the heart, then through the throat, tongue and lips comes the truth of our fallen estate.  If we only knew the grief that each of out thoughts and acts would cause we could see the fulfillment of God's Grace as the indwelling Spirit gives us the strength to choose victory over our lostness.  From graveyard throats to those that sing praises.  What an amazing journey!

The poison of the snake is stored in the small sack at the base of the individual fang.  During the strike the poison is injected into the wound and quickly spreads throughout the body causing great harm and even death.

Mathew 23:33 "Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?" (NLT)

Dr. John Gill expresses it thus: ''the throat' is said to 'be an open sepulcher', as in Psalm 5:9, so called, for its voracity and insatiableness; both as an instrument of speech, for the words of the wicked are devouring ones; and as an instrument of swallowing, and so may denote the sinner's eager desire after sin, the delight and pleasure he takes in it, the abundance of it he takes in, and his insatiable greediness for it; likewise for its filthy stench, the communication of evil men being corrupt; and because, as by an open grave, persons may fall unawares to their hurt, so the evil communications of wicked men, as they corrupt good manners, are dangerous and hurtful: R. Aben Ezra explains it by ???? ???, 'immediate destruction', or sudden death."

Romans 3:13

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING," "THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS'" (NASB)

"Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:" (KJV)

"'Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.'  'Snake venom drips from their lips.'" (NLT)

"'Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.'" (NET)

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." (Luke 6:46)

"My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.  Their deepest desire is to destroy others.  Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.  Their tongues are filled with flattery." (Psalm 5:9 NLT)

"Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips. Interlude" (Psalm 140:3)

Out of the heart, then through the throat, tongue and lips comes the truth of our fallen estate.  If we only knew the grief that each of out thoughts and acts would cause we could see the fulfillment of God's Grace as the indwelling Spirit gives us the strength to choose victory over our lostness.  From graveyard throats to those that sing praises.  What an amazing journey!

The poison of the snake is stored in the small sack at the base of the individual fang.  During the strike the poison is injected into the wound and quickly spreads throughout the body causing great harm and even death.

Mathew 23:33 "Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?" (NLT)

Dr. John Gill expresses it thus: ''the throat' is said to 'be an open sepulcher', as in Psalm 5:9, so called, for its voracity and insatiableness; both as an instrument of speech, for the words of the wicked are devouring ones; and as an instrument of swallowing, and so may denote the sinner's eager desire after sin, the delight and pleasure he takes in it, the abundance of it he takes in, and his insatiable greediness for it; likewise for its filthy stench, the communication of evil men being corrupt; and because, as by an open grave, persons may fall unawares to their hurt, so the evil communications of wicked men, as they corrupt good manners, are dangerous and hurtful: R. Aben Ezra explains it by ???? ???, 'immediate destruction', or sudden death."



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