Proverbs 26:27
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.

Berean Study Bible
He who digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

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

New King James Version
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

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

NASB 1995
He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

NASB 1977
He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

Amplified Bible
Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone [up a hill to do mischief], it will come back on him.

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that digs a pit for his neighbour shall fall into it: and he that rolls a stone, rolls it upon himself.

Contemporary English Version
If you dig a pit, you will fall in; if you start a stone rolling, it will roll back on you.

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

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

Good News Translation
People who set traps for others get caught themselves. People who start landslides get crushed.

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; And he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.

Literal Standard Version
Whoever is digging a pit falls into it, And the roller of a stone, it turns to him.

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

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

Additional Translations ...
Context
Similitudes and Instructions
26Though his hatred is concealed by deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 27He who digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. 28A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.…

Cross References
Esther 7:10
So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the fury of the king subsided.

Psalm 57:6
They spread a net for my feet; my soul was despondent. They dug a pit before me, but they themselves have fallen into it! Selah

Proverbs 28:10
He who leads the upright along the path of evil will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.

Ecclesiastes 10:8
He who digs a pit may fall into it, and he who breaches a wall may be bitten by a snake.


Treasury of Scripture

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
Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

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 digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made…









(27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein,--A simile taken from hunters making pits as traps for wild animals. The same doctrine of retribution being brought upon the sinner's head by God the righteous Judge is taught in Psalm 7:11, sqq.

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.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He who digs
כֹּֽרֶה־ (kō·re·hō·ša-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3738: To dig, to plot, to bore, open

a pit
שַּׁ֭חַת (ḥaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7845: A pit, destruction

will fall into it,
יִפֹּ֑ל (yip·pōl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

and whoever rolls
וְגֹ֥לֵ֥ל (wə·ḡō·lêl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1556: To roll, roll away

a stone,
אֶ֝בֶן (’e·ḇen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 68: A stone

it will come back
תָּשֽׁוּב׃ (tā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

on him.
אֵלָ֥יו (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to


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