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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reap what you sow

If someone reaps what they sow, they suffer or benefit as a result of their own actions. Note: To reap a crop such as corn means to cut and gather it. Parents who neglect their children will reap what they sow. It seems to me that if we neglect these people in our society, we should expect to reap what we sow. Note: People sometimes use the more formal expressions as you sow, so shall you reap or as we sow, so shall we reap. Our future lies in our own hands. Let us ensure that it is ethical and spiritual, for without doubt as we sow so shall we reap! Note: This is based on a quotation from the Bible: `Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' (Galatians 6:7)
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You reap what you sow, so I strive to constantly plant new seeds so I can continually enjoy the fruits of those labors.
You reap what you sow, but sometimes what you sow refuses to cooperate.
Well, you reap what you sow and the division and xenophobia of the EU referendum campaign showed him what playing with fire can result in.
Summary: As Lebanon comes to terms with the news that is has lost $4 billion worth of military grants when it needs it the most, it's quite clear that you reap what you sow.
If you don't do the above and class them as second class citizens, then you will reap what you sow.
Instead of a planned , sustained energy policy based on a basket of energy sources that other countries can only dream of we have had three decades of fudge, fiddle and failure as the fat cats in the energy companies got fatter and wonderful communities built on centuries of self reliance and solidarity fell into despair and desolation It is an old saying that you reap what you sow.
Child killer murdered You reap what you sow in life.
The diocese is free to do whatever it wants in this regard, but you reap what you sow when you put people in positions of authority who are unskilled in running a school.
You reap what you sow," said Joginder, a shopkeeper who was forced to down shutters by Kanda's supporters a few days ago.
You reap what you sow, so you better sow something good.
There was some criticism of the couple from Spriggsy, who wrote: "You reap what you sow in this life.
You reap what you sow, so you best sow what you want out of life.
If you believe otherwise, it means that you are practicing a double standard; you are also a hypocrite who will reap what you sow.
Puts new meaning to the saying, ``You reap what you sow.
The French star, who was offloaded to the Italian club on loan after a bust-up with Venables, said: "There is a saying that you reap what you sow - that's what has happened with Venables.