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My take on the verses that accompany Mark 16, is that they should be taken in consideration with what the other 4 Great Commissions in Scriptures say. Mark is a promise of protection of the witnesses of Christ. John promises His peace. Acts promises His power. Matthew promises His presence, while Luke shows His program. Remember the 5 P's.I think as many of the other posts do, that the witnesses of Jesus will receive protection according to God's will, even to take up a snake, or survive a poisoning attempt on their life. But I don't believe this means we are to put God to a foolish test to dabble with His power.You may notice that the word "drink" in Scripture is often associated with wrath: "she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath (Rev 14:8)" and "he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God (Rev 19:15)." I think the Mark reference is not different, that His remnant are never facing destruction, never drinking wrath.While the "serpents" reference is literal, as with Paul, I think it also refers to the serpents being evil men, as with John Baptist, "O generation of vipers(Luke 3:7)." The redeemed will take up these serpents just as we "tread on serpents and scorpions(Luke 10:19)."All this could be summed up as "power...over all the enemy (Luke 10:19)" given to preachers of the gospel.