Ecclesiastes 10:8
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New Living Translation
When you dig a well, you might fall in. When you demolish an old wall, you could be bitten by a snake.

King James Bible
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Darby Bible Translation
He that diggeth a pit falleth into it; and whoso breaketh down a hedge, a serpent biteth him.

World English Bible
He who digs a pit may fall into it; and whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And whoso is breaking a hedge, a serpent biteth him.

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

10:8 An hedge - Whereby another man's fields or vineyards are distinguished, that he may either take away their fruits, or enlarge his own fields.

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Ecclesiastes
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 7:15
They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves.

Psalm 57:6
My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it. Interlude

Proverbs 11:6
The godliness of good people rescues them; the ambition of treacherous people traps them.

Proverbs 26:27
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.

Ecclesiastes 10:9
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.

Amos 5:19
In that day you will be like a man who runs from a lion--only to meet a bear. Escaping from the bear, he leans his hand against a wall in his house--and he's bitten by a snake.

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