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Ecclesiastes 10:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh through a wall, a serpent shall bite him.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that diggeth a pit falleth into it; and whoso breaketh down a hedge, a serpent biteth him.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that diggeth a pit, thereinto, may fall,—and, he that breaketh through a hedge, there may bite him a serpent.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And whoso is breaking a hedge, a serpent biteth him.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it; and who so breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and him that breaks down a hedge a serpent shall bite.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He that diggeth 2658
{2658} Prime
חָפַר
chaphar
{khaw-far'}
A primitive root; properly to pry into; by implication to delve, to explore.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
a pit 1475
{1475} Prime
גּוּמָּץ
guwmmats
{goom-mawts'}
Of uncertain derivation; a pit.
shall fall 5307
{5307} Prime
נָפַל
naphal
{naw-fal'}
A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
into it; and whoso breaketh 6555
{6555} Prime
פָּרַץ
parats
{paw-rats'}
A primitive root; to break out (in many applications, direct and indirect, literally and figuratively).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
an hedge, 1447
{1447} Prime
גָּדֵר
gader
{gaw-dare'}
From H1443; a circumvallation; by implication an inclosure.
a serpent 5175
{5175} Prime
נָחָשׁ
nachash
{naw-khawsh'}
From H5172; a snake (from its hiss).
shall bite 5391
{5391} Prime
נָשַׁךְ
nashak
{naw-shak'}
A primitive root; to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
him.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 10:8

_ _ The fatal results to kings of such an unwise policy; the wrong done to others recoils on themselves (Ecclesiastes 8:9); they fall into the pit which they dug for others (Esther 7:10; Psalms 7:15; Proverbs 26:27). Breaking through the wise fences of their throne, they suffer unexpectedly themselves; as when one is stung by a serpent lurking in the stones of his neighbor’s garden wall (Psalms 80:12), which he maliciously pulls down (Amos 5:19).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:4-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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that:

Judges 9:5 And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, [being] threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.
Judges 9:53-57 And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull. ... And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.
2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled [his] ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
2 Samuel 18:15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour 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.
Psalms 7:15-16 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made. ... His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Psalms 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. ... The LORD is known [by] the judgment [which] he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
Proverbs 26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon 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 thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
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Jg 9:5, 53. 2S 17:23; 18:15. Es 7:10. Ps 7:15; 9:15. Pv 26:27. Am 5:19; 9:3.

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