Ecclesiastes 10:9
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New International Version
Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.

New Living Translation
When you work in a quarry, stones might fall and crush you. When you chop wood, there is danger with each stroke of your ax.

English Standard Version
He who quarries stones is hurt by them, and he who splits logs is endangered by them.

New American Standard Bible
He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.

King James Bible
Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who quarries stones may be hurt by them; the one who splits trees may be endangered by them.

International Standard Version
Someone who quarries stone might be injured; someone splitting logs can fall into danger.

NET Bible
One who quarries stones may be injured by them; one who splits logs may be endangered by them.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever carves out stones may be injured by them. Whoever splits wood may be endangered thereby.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever works in a stone quarry may get hurt. Whoever splits wood may be injured.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso quarrieth stones shall be hurt therewith; And he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby.

New American Standard 1977
He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever moves the stones shall have tribulation along with it, and he that cuts the firewood shall be endangered by it.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever quarries stones may be hurt by them; and he that splits wood shall be endangered by it.

American King James Version
Whoever removes stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that splits wood shall be endangered thereby.

American Standard Version
Whoso heweth out stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that removeth stones, shall be hurt by them: and he that cutteth trees, shall be wounded by them.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso removeth stones is hurt therewith; he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby.

English Revised Version
Whoso heweth out stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever removeth stones shall be hurt by them; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered by it.

World English Bible
Whoever carves out stones may be injured by them. Whoever splits wood may be endangered thereby.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is removing stones is grieved by them, Whoso is cleaving trees endangered by them.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
8He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall. 9He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them. 10If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 10:8
He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.

Ecclesiastes 10:10
If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever removes stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that splits wood shall be endangered thereby.

(9) Removeth.--The nearest parallel is 1Kings 5:17, where the word is used with regard to the quarryings, not the removing of stones. For the latter sense, however, there is countenance in 2Kings 4:4, where the word is translated "set aside."

Cleaveth wood.--Or, cutteth down trees, an operation not free from danger (Deuteronomy 19:5).

Verse 9. - Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith. It is natural to consider this clause as suggested by the breaking of a wall in the preceding verse; but as this would occasion a jejune repetition, it is better to take it of the work of the quarryman, as in 1 Kings 5:17, where the same verb is used. The dangers to which such laborers are exposed are well known. Here, again, but unsuccessfully, some have seen a reference to the removal of landmarks, comparing 2 Kings 4:4, where the word is translated "set aside." As before said, the paragraph does not speak of retribution, but advises caution, enforcing the lesson by certain homely, allusions to the accidents that may occur m customary occupations. He that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby. Cutting up logs of wood, a man may hurt himself with axe or saw, or be injured by splinters, etc. If we take the idea to be the felling of trees, there is the danger of being crushed in their fall, or, according to the tenor of Deuteronomy 19:5, of being killed inadvertently by a neighbor's axe. Vulgate, Qui scindit ligna vulnerabitur ab eis, which is more definite than the general term "endangered;" but the Septuagint has, Κινδυνεύσει ἐν αὐτοῖς, as in the Authorized Version. Plumptre sees here, again, an intimation of the danger of attacking time-honored institutions, even when decaying and corrupt. Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith,.... That carries them from the quarry, where they are dug; or takes them from a heap, where they lie; or that attempts to pull them out of a building, where they are put; or removes them from places, where they are set as boundaries and landmarks; all which is troublesome, and by which men get hurt; the stones fall upon them, or are too heavy for them, or they do what they should not do, and so bring themselves into trouble; as do all such persons who are for removing the boundaries of commonwealths and communities, and for changing laws, and altering constitutions;

and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby; of cutting himself: so he that soweth discord among brethren, that makes divisions in families, neighbourhoods, kingdoms, and churches; see Proverbs 6:16, Romans 16:18. Jarchi renders it, "shall be warmed" or "heated", according to the sense of the word, as he thinks, in 1 Kings 1:2; though he understands it of being profited by studying in the law and the commandments; of which he interprets the clause; and Ben Melech observes, that the word so signifies in the Arabic language; and Mr. Broughton renders it, "shall be heated thereby". The Targum paraphrases it,

"shall be burnt with fire, by the hand of the Angel of the Lord:''

or, however, he may be overheated and do himself hurt, as men, that kindle the flame of contention and strife, often do. 9. removeth stones—namely, of an ancient building [Weiss]. His neighbor's landmarks [Holden]. Cuts out from the quarry [Maurer].

endangered—by the splinters, or by the head of the hatchet, flying back on himself. Pithy aphorisms are common in the East. The sense is: Violations of true wisdom recoil on the perpetrators.10:4-10 Solomon appears to caution men not to seek redress in a hasty manner, nor to yield to pride and revenge. Do not, in a passion, quit thy post of duty; wait awhile, and thou wilt find that yielding pacifies great offences. Men are not preferred according to their merit. And those are often most forward to offer help, who are least aware of the difficulties, or the consequences. The same remark is applied to the church, or the body of Christ, that all the members should have the same care one for another.
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