He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
• a close-set row of bushes, usually with their branches intermingled, forming a barrier or boundary in a garden, lawn, or field
• a means of protection against something
The scripture declares that when a hedge is broken a serpent will bite. This implies that the only way the serpent can bite is that the hedge or our means of protection is broken. The serpent in scripture most often speaks of things belonging to the kingdom of darkness, a.k.a. Satan and his demonic host.
As Christians we must stay alert if we don’t want to be bitten by the serpent. The bite itself will initially cause localized swelling and pain but this does not compare to the poison that was injected underneath the skin. This poison is deadly if left untreated without an antidote.
When we leave a breech in our spiritual hedge through offenses, neglect of personal time with God: not reading and meditating on His Word, through unforgiveness and carnal attitudes and thoughts, etc., etc. etc., we become vulnerable and easy prey for the enemy.
Let us keep our hedges solid and well maintained so we can live a life free of poison from the serpents bite.