Proverbs 26:27
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New International Version
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

New Living Translation
If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.

English Standard Version
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.

New American Standard Bible
He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

King James Bible
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who digs a pit will fall into it, and whoever rolls a stone-- it will come back on him.

International Standard Version
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and the stone will come back on whoever starts it rolling.

NET Bible
The one who digs a pit will fall into it; the one who rolls a stone--it will come back on him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that digs a ditch will fall into it, and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever digs a pit shall fall therein, and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever digs a pit shall fall in it: and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.

American King James Version
Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him.

American Standard Version
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return to him.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.

English Revised Version
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever diggeth a pit shall fall into it: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

World English Bible
Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And the roller of a stone, to him it turneth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:24-26. Always distrust when a man speaks fair unless you know him well. Satan, in his temptations, speaks fair, as he did to Eve; but it is madness to give credit to him. 27. What pains men take to do mischief to others! but it is digging a pit, it is rolling a stone, hard work; and they prepare mischief to themselves. 28. There are two sorts of lies equally detestable. A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees. A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin. A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 27. - Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein. This thought is found often elsewhere; e.g., Psalm 7:16; Psalm 9:16; Ecclesiastes 10:8; Ecclus. 27:25, 26. The pit is such a one as was made to catch wild animals; the maker is supposed to approach incautiously one of these traps, and to tall into it. And he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. This does not refer to throwing stones into the air, which fall upon the head of the thrower, but to rolling stones up a height in order to hurl them down upon the enemy (comp. Judges 9:53; 2 Samuel 11:21). Of such retributive justice we have numerous examples;e.g., Haman hung on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai (Esther 7:9, etc.). So the old story tells how Perillus, the inventor of the brazen bull in which prisoners were to be burned alive, was himself made to prove the efficacy of his own invention by the tyrant Phalaris; as Ovid says

"Et Phalaris tauro violenti membra Perilli
Torruit; infelix imbuit auctor opus."

(Art. Amat.,' 1:653.) So we have, "Damnosus aliis, damnosus est sibi;" Ἡ δὲ βουλὴ τῷ βουλεύσαντι κακίστη. St. Chrysostom speaks of the blindness of malice: "Let us not plot against others, lest we injure ourselves. When we supplant the reputation of others, let us consider that we injure ourselves, it is against ourselves that we plot. For perchance with men we do him harm, if we have power, but ourselves in the sight of God, by provoking him against us. Let us not, then, injure ourselves. For as we injure ourselves when we injure our neighbours, so by benefiting them we benefit ourselves" ('Hom. 14, in Phil.,' Oxford transl.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein,.... That devises mischief against others, it shall come upon himself. The allusion is to the digging of pits for catching wild beasts, which are slightly covered with earth; and which sometimes the pursuers, through inadvertency, fall into themselves; the passage seems to be taken from Psalm 7:15;

and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him; that rolls a stone up hill, if he does not take care, it will return back, and fall with great force upon himself; so the mischief which a wicked man labours hard at, as men do in digging a pit, or rolling a stone, in time rolls back upon themselves; the measure they mete out to others is measured to them. Jarchi makes mention of an "hagadah", or exposition, which illustrates this passage, by the case of Abimelech; who slew threescore and ten persons on one stone, and was himself killed with a piece of a millstone cast upon him, Judges 9:18; this may put in mind of the fable of Sisyphus (o), feigned in hell to roll a great stone to the top of a mountain, which presently falling down on his head, made his labour fruitless.

(o) "Aut petis aut urges ruitum, Sisyphe, saxum", Ovid. Metamorph. l. 4. v. 460.



Proverbs 26:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Similitudes and Instructions
26Though his hatred covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. 27He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him. 28A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
Cross References
Esther 7:10
So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king's fury subsided.

Psalm 57:6
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.

Proverbs 28:10
Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

Ecclesiastes 10:8
Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
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Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him.

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Proverbs 28:10 Whoever causes the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Psalm 7:15,16 He made a pit, and dig it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made…

Psalm 9:15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which …

Psalm 10:2 The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken …

Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they …

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