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Monday, January 12 2015

Psalm 52: Why Is The Devil Called A Snake?

"His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity"

One of the Hebrew words for a serpent, or snake, is pronounced naw-kawsh. The same word is frequently used in the Holy Scriptures for an actual snake and for Satan.

Why is Satan a "snake"?

The word naw-kawsh is actually based on an earlier Hebrew word which means to hiss, or to whisper i.e. the barely perceptible "whisper" sound that some snakes make with their tongue. Most people aren't aware of the sound because most people wisely won't put their ear close to a snake for any reason, including to have it "whisper" to them. Unfortunately, many humans do allow the other kind of serpent to get within "hearing" distance.

Satan is called a serpent because of the whisperer origin of the "serpent" word i.e. when Satan whispered, in effect, "Pssst, Eve, look over here..." (see also How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?):


"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Exodus 3:1-5 KJV)

"Whispering" snakes have a "sharp tongue," just like Satan. Both have a toxic bite, be it physical, or spiritual. Those who are under the behavioral or psychological influence of Satan speak the same "language" - with the tongue ("tongue" means language) of the Devil (see How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan?).

"15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. 15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee." (Job 15:5-6 KJV)

"20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; 20:13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth: 20:14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him. 20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him." (Job 20:12-16 KJV)

"10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity." (Psalm 10:7 KJV)

"17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief." (Proverbs 17:20 KJV)

"26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin." (Proverbs 26:28 KJV)

King David was a constant target of those who were influenced by the lusts and conceits of Satan (see What Is Satan's Real Name? and How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ?) - those whose "tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully." David also knew what to do about it.

"52:1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 52:3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. 52:4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. 52:6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: 52:7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. 52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints." (Psalm 52:1-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: What's the difference between righteous "uplifting" and Satanic "flattery"?
See Praise or Flattery?


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This Day In History

This Day In History, January 12

475: Basiliscus became the Byzantine Emperor during a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople (the city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, the inventor of the Roman Catholic Church; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1519: Maximilian I, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor, died. The actual official title of the "Holy Roman Empire" was Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica - "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
Note on the map below that Germany is shown as the "Roman Empire of the German Nation."


1539: The Treaty of Toledo was signed by King Francis I of France and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

1598: Pope Clement VIII seized the duchy of Ferrara on the death of Alfonso (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1806: The French evacuated from Vienna.

1816: France decreed that the Bonaparte family should be excluded from the country forever.

1820: Britain's Royal Astronomical Society was founded.

1848: The revolution against Ferdinand II, king of the Two Sicilies, began.

1879: The Zulu War began between the British of the Cape Colony and the natives of Zululand.

1897: Isaac Pitman died at age 84. The English educator was the inventor of the "Pitman Shorthand" system that was named after him.

1908: A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

1920: 29,000 Jews were reported killed in the 1919 Ukraine pogroms.

1928: Ruth Snyder, the first woman to die in the electric chair, was executed in New York.

1938: Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain.

1950: A Swedish tanker struck the British submarine Truculent during the submarine's trials in the Thames River. Only 15 of the 70 men on the submarine survived.

1967: James Bedford, 73, became the first human deliberately frozen with the hope of restoring him to life at some point in the future (it will happen, but the freezing was completely unnecessary - see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).

1967: The Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches announced the "first step toward restoring full unity" after the separation 400 years before in the time of King Henry VIII.

1970: Biafra surrendered, thereby ending the Nigerian civil war.

1977: Anti-French demonstrations took place in Israel after France released Abu Daoud, who was responsible for leading the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.

1990: Romania banned the Communist Party, the first former Warsaw Pact member to do so.

2004: The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage.

2010: An earthquake in Haiti killed over 300,000 people and destroyed the capital city of Port-au-Prince.




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