Isaiah 11:8

8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.

Isaiah 11:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
ESV
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
NLT
8 The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.
MSG
8 The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens, the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent.
CSB
8 An infant will play beside the cobra's pit, and a toddler will put his hand into a snake's den.

Isaiah 11:8 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 11:8

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,
&c.] Without fear or danger: and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den;
and suffer no damage: the meaning is explained in the next words, and to be understood of regenerate persons, both of new born babes, or just born, and all such who are weaned from their own righteousness, and live by faith on Christ, who shall not be hurt by the poison of false teachers, nor by the force of violent persecutors, now no more, (See Gill on Isaiah 11:6).

Isaiah 11:8 In-Context

6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORDas the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 65:20
  • 2. Isaiah 14:29; Isaiah 30:6; Isaiah 59:5