Ecclesiastes 10:8
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English Standard Version
He who digs a pit will fall into it, and a serpent will 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.

American Standard Version
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh through a wall, a serpent shall bite him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

English Revised Version
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh through a fence, a serpent shall bite him.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Ecclesiastes 10:8 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A double proverb regarding wisdom and folly in their difference: "The heart of a wise man is directed to his right hand, and the heart of the fool to his left. And also on the way where a fool goeth, there his heart faileth him, and he saith to all that he is a fool." Most interpreters translate: The heart of the wise man is at his right hand, i.e., it is in the right place. But this designation, meant figuratively and yet sounding anatomically, would be in bad taste

(Note: Christ. Fried. Bauer (1732) explains as we do, and remarks, "If we translate: the heart of the wise is at his right hand, but the heart of the fool at his left, it appears as if the heart of the prudent and of the foolish must have a different position in the human body, thus affording to the profane ground for mockery.")

in this distinguishing double form (vid., on the contrary, Ecclesiastes 2:14). The ל is that of direction;

(Note: Accordingly, Ecclesiastes 10:2 has become a Jewish saying with reference to the study of a book (this thought of as Heb.): The wise always turn over the leaves backwards, repeating that which has been read; the fool forwards, superficially anticipating that which has not yet been read, and scarcely able to wait for the end.)

and that which is situated to the right of a man is figuratively a designation of the right; and that to the left, a designation of the wrong. The designation proceeds from a different idea from that at Deuteronomy 5:32, etc.; that which lies to the right, as that lying at a man's right hand, is that to which his calling and duty point him; השׂ denotes, in the later Hebrew, "to turn oneself to the wrong side."

Ecclesiastes 10:8 Parallel Commentaries

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Judges 9:5,53-57 And he went to his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, being three score and ten persons...

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, and arose, and got him home to his house, to his city...

2 Samuel 18:15 And ten young men that bore Joab's armor compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

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

Psalm 9:15,16 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken...

Proverbs 26:27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him.

a serpent

Amos 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amos 9:3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out there...

Cross References
Psalm 7:15
He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.

Psalm 57:6
They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

Proverbs 11:6
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.

Proverbs 26:27
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.

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

Amos 5:19
as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him.

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