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They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind

This page is about the saying "They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind"

Possible meaning:
A warning that we must expect to suffer serious consequences as the result of our own bad actions. We get back what we give out.

Origin: The idea of cause and effect is expressed by several religions or philosophies. This particular proverb is an allusion to The Bible (Hosea 8:7): "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind..."

sow (verb): plant seed in the earth
reap (verb): gather a harvest; pick the plants (that have grown from the seeds)
whirlwind (noun): a fast and violent wind moving around in a circle

Quick Quiz

The proverb "They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind" expresses an idea shared by several

a. concepts

b. religions

c. climates

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Contributor: Josef Essberger