The Folly of Revenge

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

Proverbs 26:27

While he is obviously not a Christian by any means, I heard a quote by Confucius the other day that I think is applicable here: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”  When we seek revenge, it  may or may not destroy the person who is the object of our revenge.  But it will definitely destroy us.

This Proverb deals with just that subject.  When you dig a pit in this sense, you are setting a trap.  You are taking a great amount of time and putting forth a great amount of effort to injure someone.  It is not a case of lashing out at someone in anger.  It is not a case of losing your temper with someone.  It is a case of premeditated, hate-filled vengeance.  And no good comes from that kind of life.  The Bible tells us that when we go out of our way to injure another, we will be the ones injured.  “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.” 

Rolling a stone carries the same idea.  When you are trying to injure someone by rolling a stone over them, it takes some advanced planning and waiting.  It takes some bitterness and wrath and anger.  And those things are most definitely not the fruits of the Spirit.  Those are things that the New Testament tells us we need to “put away”. 

We should always be careful and vigilant that we not allow bitterness and a spirit of revenge to creep into our lives.  For if they do, it will be our own selves who are injured.

4 responses to this post.

  1. This post is really full of wisdom. Bitterness can be subtle, and it grows and spreads like Bermuda grass. If you are a gardener you will know what I mean.


    • Bermuda grass is my mortal enemy. It’s so hard to get rid of, and I suppose that’s why you liken it to bitterness. Good comparison! I will remember that next time I am doing battle in the garden!


  2. Great lesson, Ben! I know when I slip into bitterness and resentment. It’s so ugly. And now I can see how it leads to something like this . . .plotting revenge. All the more reason to nip it in the bud! Now . . .I have to go look up Bermuda grass. 😉 blessings in Jesus, deb


    • Hi Deb- it is so easy to slip into bitterness. I found myself doing just that the other day. I’m a pretty laid back guy, so I rarely lose my temper, but quiet bitterness building up inside me is my problem. I do need to “nip it in the bud”. Thanks!


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