New International Version
The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.
King James Bible
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Darby Bible Translation
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violence shall come down upon his own pate.
World English Bible
The trouble he causes shall return to his own head. His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head.
Young's Literal Translation
Return doth his perverseness on his head, And on his crown his violence cometh down.
Psalm 7:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall come down upon his own pate - Upon his scalp, קדקד kodkod, the top of the head. It may refer to knocking the criminal on the head, in order to deprive him of life. Had scalping been known in those days, I should have thought the reference might be to that barbarous custom.
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"I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy." --PSALM vii. 4. That is the noblest revenge, and in those moments David had intimate knowledge of the spirit of his Lord. "If thine enemy hunger, feed him!" Evil for good is devil-like. To receive a favour and to return a blow! To obtain the gift of language, and then to use one's speech to curse the giver! To use a sacred sword is unholy warfare! All this is devil-like. Evil for evil is beast-like. Yes, the dog bites back when it is …
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1 Kings 2:32
The LORD will repay him for the blood he shed, because without my father David knowing it he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them--Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah's army--were better men and more upright than he.
1 Kings 2:44
The king also said to Shimei, "You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the LORD will repay you for your wrongdoing.
So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king's fury subsided.
But when the plot came to the king's attention, he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head, and that he and his sons should be impaled on poles.
The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.
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