A poisonous snake (Naja haja); it is employed by several biblical poets as a metaphor to convey deadly anger or poison (Deut 32:33; Rom 3:13).

Deut 32:33

33their wine is the poison of serpents,
the cruel venom of asps.

Rom 3:13

13“Their throats are opened graves;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of vipers is under their lips.”

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