Psalm 7:16
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English Standard Version
His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.

King James Bible
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

American Standard Version
His mischief shall return upon his own head, And his violence shall come down upon his own pate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His sorrow shall be turned on his own head: and his iniquity shall comedown upon his crown.

English Revised Version
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violence shall come down upon his own pate.

Webster's Bible Translation
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 7:10-11) In this strophe we hear the calm language of courageous trust, to which the rising and calmly subsiding caesural schema is particularly adapted. He is now concerned about the cessation of evil: Oh let it come to an end (גּמר intransitive as in Psalm 12:2; Psalm 77:9).... His prayer is therefore not directed against the individuals as such but against the wickedness that is in them. This Psalm is the key to all Psalms which contain prayers against one's enemies. Just in the same manner וּתכונן is intended to express a wish; it is one of the comparatively rare voluntatives of the 2 pers. (Ew. 229): and mayst Thou be pleased to establish.... To the termination of evil which is desired corresponds, in a positive form of expression, the desired security and establishment of the righteous, whom it had injured and whose continuance was endangered by it. וּבחן is the beginning of a circumstantial clause, introduced by ו, but without the personal pronoun, which is not unfrequently omitted both in the leading participial clause, as in Isaiah 29:8 (which see), and in the minor participial clause as here (cf. Psalm 55:20): cum sis equals quoniam es. The reins are the seat of the emotions, just as the heart is the seat of the thoughts and feelings. Reins and heart lie naked before God-a description of the only kardiognoo'stees, which is repeated in Jeremiah 11:20; Jeremiah 20:12, Revelation 2:23. In the thesis the adjective is used with אלהים in the sing. as in Psalm 78:56, cf. Psalm 58:12. God is the righteous God, and by his knowledge of the inmost part He is fully capable of always showing Himself both righteous in anger and righteous in mercy according to the requirements and necessity of the case. Therefore David can courageously add על־אלהים מגנּי, my shield doth God carry; ל Psalm 89:19) would signify: He has it, it (my shield) belongs to Him, על (1 Chronicles 18:7) signifies: He bears it, or if one takes shield in the sense of protection: He has taken my protection upon Himself, has undertaken it (as in Psalm 62:8, cf. Judges 19:20), as He is in general the Saviour of all who are devoted to Him with an upright heart, i.e., a heart sincere, guileless (cf. Psalm 32:1 with Psalm 7:2). צדּים is intentionally repeated at the end of the first two lines - the favourite palindrome, found more especially in Isaiah 40:1. And to the mixed character of this Psalm belongs the fact of its being both Elohimic and Jehovic. From the calm language of heartfelt trust in God the next strophe passes over into the language of earnest warning, which is again more excited and somewhat after the style of didactic poetry.

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Psalm 36:4,12 He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he abhors not evil...

Psalm 37:12,13 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth...

1 Samuel 23:9 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring here the ephod.

1 Samuel 24:12,13 The LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you: but my hand shall not be on you...

1 Samuel 26:10 David said furthermore, As the LORD lives, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle...

1 Samuel 28:19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shall you and your sons be with me...

1 Samuel 31:3,4 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers...

1 Kings 2:32 And the LORD shall return his blood on his own head, who fell on two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword...

Esther 9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews...

Malachi 2:3-5 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung on your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts...

Cross References
1 Kings 2:32
The LORD will bring back his bloody deeds on his own head, because, without the knowledge of my father David, he attacked and killed with the sword two men more righteous and better than himself, Abner the son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah.

1 Kings 2:44
The king also said to Shimei, "You know in your own heart all the harm that you did to David my father. So the LORD will bring back your harm on your own head.

Esther 7:10
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.

Esther 9:25
But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

Psalm 9:15
The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.

Psalm 10:2
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

Psalm 94:23
He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out.

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