Ne forte offéndas ad lápidem pedem tuum

Ne forte offéndas ad lápidem pedem tuum. Lest perhaps you should strike your foot against a stone.

This is the second half of the previous clause, which is why offendas is in the subjunctive.

forte = perhaps (adverb). By chance, perchance.

ad lapidem = to the stone, against the stone.

pedem tuum = your foot, from pes, pedis, foot. Many English words have their root in the Latin word for foot: pedestal, podiatry, pedal, pedestrian.

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