Ecclesiastes 10:8
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New American Standard Bible
He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.

King James Bible
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Darby Bible Translation
He that diggeth a pit falleth into it; and whoso breaketh down a hedge, a serpent biteth him.

World English Bible
He who digs a pit may fall into it; and whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And whoso is breaking a hedge, a serpent biteth him.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The figures seem to be taken from the work of building up and pulling down houses. In their general application, they recommend the man who would act wisely to be cautious when taking any step in life which involves risk.

Ecclesiastes 10:8

Breaketh an hedge - Rather: "breaks through a wall."

Serpent - The habit of snakes is to nestle in a chink of a wall, or among stones (compare Amos 5:19).

Ecclesiastes 10:8 Parallel Commentaries

Library
"For they that are after the Flesh do Mind,"
Rom. viii. s 5, 6.--"For they that are after the flesh do mind," &c. "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." There are many differences among men in this world, that, as to outward appearance, are great and wide, and indeed they are so eagerly pursued, and seriously minded by men, as if they were great and momentous. You see what a strife and contention there is among men, how to be extracted out of the dregs of the multitude, and set a little higher
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Ahaz
The accession of Ahaz to the throne brought Isaiah and his associates face to face with conditions more appalling than any that had hitherto existed in the realm of Judah. Many who had formerly withstood the seductive influence of idolatrous practices were now being persuaded to take part in the worship of heathen deities. Princes in Israel were proving untrue to their trust; false prophets were arising with messages to lead astray; even some of the priests were teaching for hire. Yet the leaders
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Psalm 7:15
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made.

Psalm 57:6
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.

Proverbs 11:6
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.

Proverbs 26:27
He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

Ecclesiastes 10:9
He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.

Amos 5:19
As when a man flees from a lion And a bear meets him, Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall And a snake bites him.

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