The Whisperer

One of the Hebrew words for a serpent, or snake, is (pronounced) naw-kawsh, a word that is used in the Scriptures for both an actual serpent/snake (e.g. Exodus 4:3), and for Satan (e.g. Genesis 3:1). The word naw-kawsh is however actually based on an earlier Hebrew word, pronounced naw-kash, which means to hiss, or to whisper. Satan is called a serpent because of the whisperer origin of the "serpent" word (i.e. he is a low-down, sneaking, "snake in the grass"), not because he actually looks like a snake (see the Fact Finder question below).


Most-often, references to whispering in the Bible apply to evil behavior:

Fact Finder: Although Satan is often portrayed variously as an actual serpent/snake, or as a very evil-looking individual (or as a comic-book character with horns and a pitchfork), what does Satan actually look like?
See What Does Satan Look Like?

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This Day In History, August 31

1303: The War of Vespers in Sicily ended with an agreement between Charles of Valois, who invaded the country, and Frederick, the ruler of Sicily.

1422: King Henry V of England died of an illness while in France. He was succeeded by his nine-month-old son as Henry VI.

1521: Cortes captured the city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico.

1535: Pope Paul II deposed and excommunicated King Henry VIII of England.

1668: John Bunyan, English author of The Pilgrim's Progress, died in London at age 69.

1864: During the U.S. Civil War, Union general W.T. Sherman forced the Confederate evacuation of Atlanta, considered by some to thereby present Abraham Lincoln with the key to re-election in the fall of 1864.

1886: An earthquake in Charleston, South Carolina, toppled most of the city's chimneys.

1907: An Anglo-Russian Convention between Britain and Russia settled outstanding disputes between them regarding Tibet, Afghanistan and Persia (Iran); it was one of the bases of the Allied coalition in the First World War.

1942: The British army under General Bernard Montgomery defeated Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in the Battle of Alam Halfa in Egypt.

1951: The U.S. 1st Marine Division began its attack on Bloody Ridge in Korea. The four-day battle resulted in 2,700 Marine casualties.

1980: After two months of strikes, the Polish communist government gave in to demanded reforms, including recognition of the Solidarity trade union under the leadership of Lech Walesa.

1990: West and East Germany signed a treaty to harmonize their legal and political systems.

1994: Soviet troops ended 50 years of military presence on German territory.

1997: Princess Diana, 36, former wife of Prince Charles, was killed in an auto crash in Paris with her friend, Dodi Fayed, 42. The driver of the car, Henri Paul, 41, was also killed in the collision into a concrete road tunnel during an apparent attempt to outrun photographers. A bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, 29, was the sole survivor of the crash, reportedly the only one who was wearing a seat belt.

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