Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
He who starts trouble will get caught up in his own making. Typically he underestimates the response of others. He expects them to cower when they instead get angry. He expects them to get upset when instead they remain cool. He may be good at pit digging or stone rolling, but he is poor in calculating the human heart. He may anticipate the initial reaction, but he does not think further. He does not anticipate how the victim will eventually retaliate.
Nor does he consider the One who is watching his every step and who will see that justice is done. Understand that, however large the pit may be that the wicked digs, there is a greater, more terrible pit that awaits him. However large the stone may be that he sends rolling, there is a greater stone that will crush him. For his own good, he will hopefully fall into his own pit and be hurt by his own stone so that he might be brought to his senses.
Pray for the wicked to now say, “What have I done?” Pray for the wicked to come now to his senses, look beyond his little pit, and see how his mischief will engulf himself. Pray now for the wicked to repent as we have done for our own wickedness.
Praise the Lord.[a]
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
6 The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
make music to our God on the harp.
8 He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.
10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.
12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion.
13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
15 He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.[b]
Praise the Lord.