You reap what you sow

You reap what you sow is a proverb that goes back thousands of years. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that gives advice or shares a universal truth. We will examine the meaning of the expression you reap what you sow, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

You reap what you sow means you get what you deserve, whatever you put your time, talent and energy into is what you get back. You reap what you sow means you must eventually face the consequences of your actions. The proverb you reap what you sow is also expressed as: as you sow, so shall you reap. The sentiment comes from the New Testament of the Bible, Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”


“We have a motto here that you reap what you sow.” (The Daily Iberian)

The Diamondbacks have a sign on their door that reads “you reap what you sow”, and Pioneer reaped the benefits of their hard work with an opening round win over Brownsville Veterans Memorial, District 32-5A’s 14-0 champion. (The Progress Times)

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut is giving the BJP the you-reap-what-you-sow analogy, citing instances in past local body elections when the BJP hijacked the party’s candidates. (India Today)

Hillary Clinton has a message for Republicans bemoaning the rise of Donald Trump: “You reap what you sow.” (The Guardian)

The Law of Harvest, which says that you will reap what you sow many times over, corroborates the Yoruba observation that whereas one unclad maize seedling went into the soil, it returns with several layers of sheaf. (The Punch)

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