Matthew 23:33

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yee serpents, yee generation of vipers, How can yee escape the damnation of hell?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell?
- American Standard Version (1901)

You snakes, offspring of snakes, how will you be kept from the punishment of hell?
- Basic English Bible

Serpents, offspring of vipers, how should ye escape the judgment of hell?
- Darby Bible

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
- Webster's Bible

O serpents, O vipers' brood, how are you to escape condemnation to Gehenna?
- Weymouth Bible

You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna?
- World English Bible

Ye eddris, and eddris briddis, hou schulen ye fle fro the doom of helle?
- Wycliffe Bible

`Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:33


23:33 Ye serpents - Our Lord having now lost all hope of reclaiming these, speaks so as to affright others from the like sins.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:33


Mt 23:33 [Ye] generations of vipers, how can ye escape? etc. Brood of vipers, full of venom, deadly as serpent, treacherous as the lurking serpent. So John had called them nearly four years before (Mt 3:7).

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • Ren
    @Pearl when I was young we called ours dad not father. That was not allowed at our house. We were told you have only one Father and he is the one above.
  • A disciple
    Pearl; Honoring our father and mother is one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus condemned the hypocrites for teaching that by one's keep of religious observance he would be exempt from honoring his parents. I believe that Jesus is here referring to Titles, as if any man could be our Supreme Leader, or Master over the other's life and faith; for only our Father in heaven and Christ have those roles.
  • Pearl Nicholas
    Call no man father yet we all our parents mother and father. Is this wrong? Also in the Catholic church, a priest is called father.
  • A disciple
    From the day that the Lord Jesus came into this world, the devil's seed was after Him to destroy Him; and throughout His Ministry He was pursued by hateful and hostile hypocrites, who were deaf as an adder, and would never humble themselves to receive His good and wholesome teaching. In the last few days Jesus has come right to Jerusalem to speak to their face, and it cost Him His life. We follow!
  • Irene123
    Rev. Kerns; I like what you said; Ps. 68:11; "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Lord shall raise up a standard against him." Isa. 69:19
  • Reverend Robert L. Kerns
    There is only One Father and He is the Heavenly Father and the Creator of Heaven and earth and the fullness thereof. The Bible tells us in the book of Timothy to " Study to shew ourselves approved of God. Rightfully dividing the Word of Truth ". Reminder, The Word of God is to be discussed not argued over. It doesn't matter how we may think or feel, God's Word will always stand.

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