7:15 he digs a pit 1
and then falls into the hole he has made. 2
7:16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans 3
and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head. 4
1 tn Heb “a pit he digs and he excavates it.” Apparently the imagery of hunting is employed; the wicked sinner digs this pit to entrap and destroy his intended victim. The redundancy in the Hebrew text has been simplified in the translation.
2 tn The verb forms in vv. 15-16 describe the typical behavior and destiny of those who attempt to destroy others. The image of the evildoer falling into the very trap he set for his intended victim emphasizes the appropriate nature of God’s judgment.
3 tn Heb “his harm [i.e., the harm he conceived for others, see v. 14] returns on his head.”
4 tn Heb “and on his forehead his violence [i.e., the violence he intended to do to others] comes down.”