Mark 16:18

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They shall take vp serpents, and if they drinke any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sicke, and they shall recouer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly {poison,} it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
- American Standard Version (1901)

They will take up snakes, and if there is poison in their drink, it will do them no evil; they will put their hands on those who are ill, and they will get well.
- Basic English Bible

they shall take up serpents; and if they should drink any deadly thing it shall not injure them; they shall lay hands upon the infirm, and they shall be well.
- Darby Bible

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
- Webster's Bible

They shall take up venomous snakes, and if they drink any deadly poison it shall do them no harm whatever. They shall lay their hands on the sick, and the sick shall recover."
- Weymouth Bible

they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
- World English Bible

thei schulen do awei serpentis; and if thei drynke ony venym, it schal not noye hem. Thei schulen sette her hondis on sijk men, and thei schulen wexe hoole.
- Wycliffe Bible

serpents they shall take up; and if any deadly thing they may drink, it shall not hurt them; on the ailing they shall lay hands, and they shall be well.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 16:18


16:18 If they drink any deadly thing - But not by their own choice. God never calls us to try any such experiments.


Discussion for Mark 16:18

  • The scripture is very relevant especially in our daily context today. Yes ther serpent there is representative of the devil cos in most case in the Bible God had use snakes to demonstrate evil and it literally mean that when evil looms God will protect His elect but people must Not go about playing with snakes and be quoting mk 16 18. The poison part is still the same thing if u can recall most cases of poison 2day happen without the person being poisonned knowing so in such a case God will alway intervene for His elect if they are poisoned unconsciously that is one dimention of it but then, if one recall how Elisha in the 2kings ate poison food and nothing happen to Him so it tells us that it all depend on your personal relationship with God!!!
  • Annabell for verse 18
    We are to remove defeat evil serpents from our lives that we can recognize and if there is unknown evil deadly drink trying to overcome you he will protect you. Your expected as a believer and follower of the lord to stay clear and not invest in anything that doesnt please him, but if anything unexpectedly comes into your life and attempts to take your eyes off the lord he will protect you as his child.
  • Claude Kenneson for verse 18
    Remember how Paul, on the island of Malta, after the shipwreck treated a viper that bit him. He wasn 't purposefully handling it, and it ended up in the fire. He didn 't put it in a cage for future handling. No, but God did protect Paul from the effect of the snake bite however, he didn 't go look for this to happen. See Acts 28 In the Old Testament in Numbers 21 snakes bit people not because they had faith, but precisely the opposite. Moreover, Luke 10 19 says that the 72 had authority to trample snakes, not to handle them.
  • Pat 's comment on 2014 01 22 13 35 31 I agree with Pat. The serpent represents Satin. I also agree that Jesus was speaking to the Apostles.
  • Rev Chris Miller for verse 18
    There is no Mark 16 18. The KJV is based on an inferior text. The verses 9 20 are based on a later manuscript the early texts do NOT include these verses. As a matter of fact, Mark 16 18 is in direct contradiction to Matthew 4, where the devil tempts Jesus in the wilderness. This is no different than the devil 's demand he throw himself off the temple. "You shall not put your God to the test. Why do you insist on using an inferior text as the basis for your faith? Why wouldn 't you want the most accurate text of the Bible? Why do you risk your faith on a bible that didn 't even have a complete NT in Greek, so they had to retranslate the Latin back into Greek then into English. That is 3 translations. By the 3rd time, good luck. Pr Chris
  • Mark 16 18 is referring ONLY to the 12 Apostles of Jesus. They were to go out and spread the Gospel and were given the ability to speak other languages they had never learned by the gift of tongues and could lay on hands and heal the sick as Jesus did through the Holy Spirit given to them by Jesus. This verse does not refer to the common believer. We are not given ability to speak languages we do not know, and we are not to tempt our God by handling deadly snakes in attempts to test God.

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