(there's) no peace/rest for the wicked

(there's) no peace/rest for the wicked

The lack of peace in one's life, or the perpetual need to be working or be busy, stems from one's sinfulness. The phrase comes from the Bible and is now usually used jocularly. He may have been acquitted of those crimes, but he will not go unpunished. There's no peace for the wicked. A: "You working late again, Stan?" B: "No rest for the wicked."
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No rest for the wicked.

Fig. It's because you are wicked that you have to work hard. (Usually jocular.) A: I can't seem to ever get all my work done. B: No rest for the wicked.
See also: no, rest, wicked
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

there's no rest for the wicked

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no rest for the wicked

People use there's no rest for the wicked or no rest for the wicked to say humorously that they or someone else has a lot to do. There's no rest for the wicked. I have to get back to Manchester. Note: People also sometimes use peace instead of rest. Elizabeth called his name. `Oh dear, no peace for the wicked,' he said.
See also: no, rest, wicked
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

no peace (or rest) for the wicked

someone's heavy workload or lack of tranquillity is punishment for a sinful life. humorous
This expression comes from Isaiah 48:22: ‘There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked’.
See also: no, peace, wicked
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there’s no peace/rest for the ˈwicked

(usually humorous) used when somebody is complaining that they have a lot of work to do: Well, it’s been nice talking to you, but I really must go. No rest for the wicked!
See also: no, peace, rest, wicked
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no rest for the wicked

Perpetual torment. We are told in Isaiah 57:21 that “there is no peace, saith my God to the wicked.” The phrase is often said as “no rest for the weary” and heard as a mild complaint in labor-intensive situations.
See also: no, rest, wicked
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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