you reap what you sow

you reap what you sow

Your actions dictate the consequences. The phrase is Biblical in origin. Of course you're being investigated for tax fraud—you've spent years trying to avoid paying them. You reap what you sow. Of course you're exhausted in class—you stay up too late! You reap what you sow.
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you reap what you sow

you eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions.
This proverbial saying exists in various forms. Its biblical source is Galatians 6:7: ‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’.
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you ˌreap what you ˈsow

(saying) you have to deal with the bad effects or results of something that you originally started: He’s so mean! When I went to him for some sympathy and understanding, all he said was ‘you reap what you sow’!
These two phrases refer to farmers cutting and collecting crops from a field.
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