Daburim (Deuteronomy) 8:11-20 “Be on guard, lest you forget YAHUAH your Aluahim by not guarding His commands, and His right-rulings, and His laws which I command you today, (12) lest you eat and shall be satisfied, and build lovely houses and shall dwell in them, (13) and your herds and your flocks increase, and your silver and your gold are increased, and all that you have is increased, (14) that your heart then becomes lifted up, and you forget YAHUAH your Aluahim who brought you out of the land of Matsuraim, from the house of bondage, (15) who led you through that great and awesome wilderness – fiery serpents and scorpions and thirst – where there was no water, who brought water for you out of the flinty rock, (16) who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, in order to humble you and to try you, to do you good in the end, (17) you then shall say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand have made for me this wealth!’ (18) “But you shall remember YAHUAH your Aluahim, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, in order to establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is today. (19) “And it shall be, if you by any means forget YAHUAH your Aluahim, and follow other mighty ones, and serve them and bow yourself to them, I have warned you this day that you shall certainly perish. (20) “Like the nations which YAHUAH is destroying before you, so you are to perish, because you did not obey the voice of YAHUAH your Aluahim.”
1 Kings 12:1-15 And Rachabawm went to Shakam, for all Yashur’al had gone to Shakam to set him up to reign. (2) And it came to be, when Yurubawm son of Nabath heard this – he was still in Matsuraim, for he had fled from the presence of Sovereign Shelomoh and had been dwelling in Matsuraim – (3) that they sent and called him. And Yurubawm and all the assembly of Yashur’al came and spoke to Rachabawm, saying, (4) “Your father made our yoke hard, and now, lighten the hard service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, then we serve you.” (5) And he said to them, “Go away for three days, then come back to me.” And the people went. (6) Then Sovereign Rachabawm consulted the elders who stood before his father Shalumah while he still lived, and he said, “What do you advise me to answer these people?” (7) And they spoke to him, saying, “If you are a servant to these people today, and shall serve them, and shall answer them and speak good words to them, then they shall be your servants all the days.” (8) But he ignored the advice the elders gave him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. (9) And he said to them, “What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” (10) And the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Say this to this people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us.’ Say this to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! (11) ‘And now, my father laid a heavy yoke on you, but I add to your yoke; my father flogged you with whips, but I, I flog you with scorpions!’ ” (12) So Yurubawm and all the people came to Rachabawm the third day, as the sovereign had spoken, saying, “Come back to me the third day.” (13) But the sovereign answered the people harshly, and ignored the advice which the elders had given him, (14) and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I add to your yoke; my father flogged you with whips, but I, I flog you with scorpions!” (15) So the sovereign did not listen to the people, for the turn of events was from YAHUAH, in order to establish His word, which YAHUAH had spoken by Achyah the Shiluny to Yurubawm son of Nabath.
Yachazaq’al (Ezekiel) 2:1-10 And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, so that I speak to you.” (2) And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet. And I heard Him who was speaking to me. (3) And He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Yashur’al, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me, until this day. (4) “And the children are stiff of face and hard of heart to whom I am sending you, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus said the Master YAHUAH.’ (5) “And they – whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are a rebellious house – shall know that a prophet has been in their midst. (6) “And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or discouraged by their looks, for they are a rebellious house. (7) “And you shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious. (8) “And you, son of man, hear what I am speaking to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house, open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” (9) And I looked and saw a hand stretched out to me. And see, a scroll of a book was in it, (10) and He spread it before me, and it was written on the inside and on the outside. And written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.
Luke 10:1-20 And after this the Master appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of Him into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. (2) Then He said to them, “The harvest indeed is great, but the workers are few, therefore pray the Master of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. (3) “Go! See, I send you out as lambs into the midst of wolves. (4) “Do not take a purse, nor a bag, nor sandals. And greet no one along the way. (5) “And whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ (6) “And if indeed a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest on it; and if not, it shall return to you. (7) “And stay in the same house, eating and drinking whatever with them, for the labourer is worthy of his wages. Do not move from house to house. (8) “And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat whatever is placed before you, (9) and heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The reign of Aluahim has come near to you.’ (10) “And into whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, (11) ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to us, we wipe off against you, but know this, that the reign of Aluahim has come near to you.’ (12) “And I say to you that it shall be more bearable for Sadum in that Day, than for that city. (13) “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Ba’it Tsaida! For if the miracles which were done in you had been done in Tsur and Tsidun, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. (14) “But it shall be more bearable for Tsur and Tsidun at the judgment than for you. (15) “And you, Kaphur Nachum, who are exalted to the heaven, shall be brought down to the grave. (16) “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” (17) And the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Master, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name.” (18) And He said to them, “I saw Satan falling out of the heaven as lightning. (19) “See, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and none at all shall hurt you. (20) “But do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names have been written in the heavens.”
Luke 11:11-13 “And what father among you whose son asks for bread shall give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish shall give him a snake instead of a fish, (12) or if he asks for an egg shall give him a scorpion? (13) “If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father from heaven give the Set-apart Spirit to those asking Him!”
Revelation 9:1-12 And the fifth messenger sounded, and I saw a star from the heaven which had fallen to the earth. And the key to the pit of the deep was given to it. (2) And he opened the pit of the deep, and smoke went up out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun was darkened, also the air, because of the smoke of the pit. (3) And out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth, and authority was given to them as the scorpions of the earth possess authority. (4) And it was said to them that they shall not harm the grass of the earth, or any green matter, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of Aluahim upon their foreheads. (5) And it was given to them that they should not kill them, but to torture them for five months. And their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings a man. (6) And in those days men shall seek death and shall not find it. And they shall long to die, but death shall flee from them. (7) And the locusts looked like horses prepared for battle, and on their heads were crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. (8) And they had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. (9) And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots of many horses running into battle. (10) And they have tails like scorpions, and stings. And in their tails is their authority to harm men five months. (11) And they have over them a sovereign, the messenger of the pit of the deep, whose name in Awbury (Hebrew) is Abadun, but in Hellenic (Greek) he has the name Apolluon (Apollo). (12) The first woe is past. See, two woes are still coming after this.
Note: The Awbury (Hebrew) word עקרב – awqurab and the Hellenic (Greek) word σκορπίος – skorpios are translated into English as “scorpions” which are insects known for their tails that sting. In the books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles, עקרב is used to mean scourges or knotted whips.