A Reader's Take on Psalm 58:4
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear, Psalm 58:4
Kevin Sheridan who is starting a Bi-lingual Spanish/English Independant Baptist Church in Oklahoma sent me a gem. One of the great proofs that the King James Bible is the word of God is its scientific accuracy.
Interesting proof of the precise nature of the King James Bible
Psalms 58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear
Scientists to this day will tell you they don’t know much about the hearing capabilities of snakes.
However, Psalms 58:4 has said now for 3,500 years that the adder is deaf but has an ear.
Why is it deaf and still has an ear? For three millennial this may have been a confusing verse to many
Here is a recent study from the Washington Post that explains it:
Snakes have fully formed inner ear structures but no eardrum. Instead, their inner ear is connected directly to their jawbone, which rests on the ground as they slither. Previous studies have shown that vibrations traveling through the ground—such as the footsteps of predators or prey—cause vibrations in a snake’s jawbone, relaying a signal to the brain via that inner ear.
This was too complicated for NIV translators so they took out the word “deaf.”
NIV: Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears
But the snake is essentially deaf.
The ole 1611 got it right!
Kevin Lee Sheridan
Oh wait! I have a theory that furthers this discussion
Maybe the way that God fulfilled the curse below upon the serpent is by taking away his ability to hear and making him only hear when his jaw drags the ground.
Genesis 3:14; And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
Thank you Kevin!