Psalm 7:16
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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.

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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 36:4,12 He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he abhors not evil...

Psalm 37:12,13 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth...

1 Samuel 23:9 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring here the ephod.

1 Samuel 24:12,13 The LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you: but my hand shall not be on you...

1 Samuel 26:10 David said furthermore, As the LORD lives, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle...

1 Samuel 28:19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shall you and your sons be with me...

1 Samuel 31:3,4 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers...

1 Kings 2:32 And the LORD shall return his blood on his own head, who fell on two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword...

Esther 9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews...

Malachi 2:3-5 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung on your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts...

Library
January the Twenty-Ninth Noble Revenge
"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
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Love for Hate, the True Quid Pro Quo
'And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the Lord said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily. 5. And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had out off Saul's skirt. 6. And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Some General Uses from this Useful Truth, that Christ is the Truth.
Having thus cleared up this truth, we should come to speak of the way of believers making use of him as the truth, in several cases wherein they will stand in need of him as the truth. But ere we come to the particulars, we shall first propose some general uses of this useful point. First. This point of truth serveth to discover unto us, the woful condition of such as are strangers to Christ the truth; and oh, if it were believed! For, 1. They are not yet delivered from that dreadful plague of
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

He Does Battle for the Faith; He Restores Peace among those who were at Variance; He Takes in Hand to Build a Stone Church.
57. (32). There was a certain clerk in Lismore whose life, as it is said, was good, but his faith not so. He was a man of some knowledge in his own eyes, and dared to say that in the Eucharist there is only a sacrament and not the fact[718] of the sacrament, that is, mere sanctification and not the truth of the Body. On this subject he was often addressed by Malachy in secret, but in vain; and finally he was called before a public assembly, the laity however being excluded, in order that if it were
H. J. Lawlor—St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

Cross References
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.

Esther 7:10
So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king's fury subsided.

Esther 9:25
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.

Psalm 9:15
The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

Psalm 10:2
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

Psalm 94:23
He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.

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