Proverbs 26:27

NET ©

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

NIV ©

If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will roll back and crush you.

MSG ©

Malice backfires; spite boomerangs.

BBE ©

He who makes a hole in the earth will himself go falling into it: and on him by whom a stone is rolled the stone will come back again.

NRSV ©

Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling.

NKJV ©

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

KJV
Whoso diggeth
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a pit
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shall fall
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therein: and he that rolleth
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it will return
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upon him.
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NET © [draft] ITL
The one who digs
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a pit
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will fall
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into it; the one who rolls
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a stone
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– it will come back
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on him.
NET © Notes

sn The verse is teaching talionic justice (“an eye for an eye,” etc.), and so the activities described should be interpreted as evil in their intent. “Digging a pit” would mean laying a trap for someone (the figure of speech would be a metonymy of cause for the effect of ruining someone, if an actual pit is being dug; the figure would be hypocatastasis if digging a pit is being compared to laying a trap, but no pit is being dug). Likewise, “rolling a stone” on someone means to destroy that individual.