New International Version
As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.
King James Bible
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
Darby Bible Translation
Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity and sow mischief, reap the same.
World English Bible
According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow trouble, reap the same.
Young's Literal Translation
As I have seen -- ploughers of iniquity, And sowers of misery, reap it!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They that plough iniquity - A proverbial form of speech drawn from nature. Whatever seed a man sows in the ground, he reaps the same kind; for every seed produces its like. Thus Solomon, Proverbs 22:8 : "He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity." And St. Paul, Galatians 6:7, Galatians 6:8 : "Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he who soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." And of the same nature is that other saying of the apostle, He that soweth sparingly, shall reap sparingly, 2 Corinthians 9:6. The same figure is employed by the Prophet Hosea Hos 8:7 : They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind; and Hosea 10:12, Hosea 10:13 : Sow to yourselves in righteousness; reap in mercy. Ye have ploughed wickedness; ye have reaped iniquity. The last sentence contains, not only the same image, but almost the same words as those used by Eliphaz. Our Lord expresses the same thing, in the following words: Matthew 7:16-18 : Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. So the Greeks: -
Ατης αρουρα θανατον εκκαρπιζεται.
Aesch. Ἑπτα επι Θηβαις, ver. 607.
"The field of iniquity produces the fruit of death."
Ὑβρις γαρ εξανθους εκαρπωσε σταχυν
Ατης, ὁθεν παγκλαυτον εξαμᾳ θερος.
IB. Περσαι, ver. 823.
"For oppression, when it springs,
Puts forth the blade of vengeance; and its fruit
Yields a ripe harvest of repentant wo."
The image is common every where because it is a universal law of nature.
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they that plow.
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Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.--GAL. 6:7. They that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.--They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.--He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption. To him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.--He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let …
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Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."
Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.
they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
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