"He who digs a pit will fall into it,
and a serpent will bite him who breaks through a wall."
- Ecclesiastes 10:8
I just read this insightful application of this verse by the late Rev. Rousas Rushdoony: "Since World War II, we have, to a great extent, set aside the death penalty for most cases of murder. We have cheapened life, and murders have increased to a very high number. By making life easier for murderers and criminals generally, we have made it less tenable for ourselves. We have fallen into a pit of our own making; we have broken the fence of God's law, and we have been smitten as transgressors."
By placing an inordinate value on the dregs of society, we have devalued the righteous and innocent.