I was reading 2 Nephi 21:8 with my daughter, and she struggled with a few words. She read,
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,
She said, “It says, A-S-P”
I said, “Asp. Do you know what an ASP is?”
I said, “It is a venomous snake.”
“Oh”. She continued with verse 8.
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den.
“What’s a cockatrice?”
“I have no idea. Let me look it up.”
So, I pulled out Google on my phone, and it came up with a Wikipedia definition.
While I know that this verse is also found in Isaiah, why on earth did Joseph translate this as a mythical animal?