Proverbs 22:8

8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

Proverbs 22:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 Whoever sows sin reaps weeds, and bullying anger sputters into nothing.
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath shall fail.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 Whoever plants injustice will harvest trouble, and this weapon of his own fury will be destroyed.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 Anyone who plants evil gathers a harvest of trouble. His power to beat others down will be destroyed.

Proverbs 22:8 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 22:8

He that soweth iniquity F21 shall reap vanity
He that practises sin, and is frequent in the commission of it; indulges to it in a profuse way, as the sower plentifully scatters his seed; such shall reaper possess nothing but sin and wickedness; for, what a man sows, that shall he reap; he shall eat the fruit of his doings, and have the reward of his works; see ( Job 4:8 ) ( Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:8 ) ; or "nothing" F23, mere emptiness; it shall not answer; he shall have in the end neither pleasure nor profit, but the contrary; "shall reap evil things", as the Septuagint, Arabic, and Vulgate Latin versions render it; and the rod of his anger shall fail;
with which he has ruled and smitten others in an angry and cruel manner; this shall be taken from him; his authority shall fail, and he shall become subject to others, and be used in like manner; see ( Isaiah 14:4-6 ) . R. Joseph Kimchi interprets it of "the rod of the increase" of the earth, or the rod or flail with which the fruits of the earth are threshed or beaten out, which should fail before they were reaped; and Schultens F24 has reference to the same, and gives the sense, that a wicked man that sows iniquity, when he thinks his harvest is ripe, shall be beaten with the flail, by which he shall be consumed; and he that threshed others shall be threshed himself.


F21 So, "serere fallaciam", in Plauti Poenulo, l. 1. v. 67.
F23 (Nwa) "inanitatem ac nihilum", Michaelis.
F24 "Et virga in eum desaevitura, erit decretoria".

Proverbs 22:8 In-Context

6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 1:20; S Job 4:8; Galatians 6:7-8
  • 2. Psalms 125:3; Hosea 8:7
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