he who lives by the sword dies by the sword

he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword

1. Proverb Those who lead a violent life are likely to become victims of violence. Often shortened to "live by the sword, die by the sword." The phrase is based on a statement made by Jesus in the Bible. I have no sympathy for mobsters who end up on the wrong side of a gun. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.
2. Proverb Those who rely upon a certain means of doing something, especially that which is illegal, illicit, or harmful to others, are likely to have a negative outcome as a result thereof. Often shortened to "live by the sword, die by the sword." For years, the senator took bribes and skimmed profits from kickbacks all over his state until a sting operation put him in prison. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.
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he who lives by the sword dies by the sword

those people who commit violent acts must expect to suffer violence themselves. proverb
The phrase was originally used with allusion to an incident in the Garden of Gethsemane. When the men came to arrest Jesus, one of his disciples drew his sword and cut off the ear of ‘the servant of the high priest’, earning this rebuke from Jesus: ‘all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword’ (Matthew 26:52). In contemporary versions sword is sometimes replaced by gun , bomb , etc.
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