Proverbs 22:8

ESV Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.
NIV Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
NASB One who sows injustice will reap disaster, And the rod of his fury will perish.
CSB The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
NLT Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.
KJV He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
NKJV He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.

What does Proverbs 22:8 mean?

Solomon was not only Israel's king, but he was also her judge. He put immense value into justice and righteousness in legal matters (Proverbs 1:1–7; 16:10; 21:3, 7). Those who take advantage of others, denying them justice, will eventually pay a steep price. No one can rebel against God without reaping a harvest of judgment. Galatians 6:7 indicates that a person will reap whatever he sows. If he sows wild oats, God will get out his threshing machine. A judge or ruler who participates in injustice can expect severe consequences (Proverbs 6:16–19; 16:8).

In Hosea 10:13–14 the Lord predicted trouble for rebellious Israel. He states: "You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors, therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be destroyed."
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