New International Version
Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
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.
Ecclesiastes 10:8 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him - While spoiling his neighbor's property, he himself may come to greater mischief: while pulling out the sticks, he may be bit by a serpent, who has his nest there. Some have supposed that נחש nachash here means a thorn; perhaps from the similarity of its prick to the serpent's sting. He who forces his way through a hedge will be pricked by the thorns.
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Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.
They spread a net for my feet-- I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path-- but they have fallen into it themselves.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him.
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