he who lives by the sword dies by the sword

he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword

1. Those who choose a path of violence against others should expect to have violence and harm visited upon themselves. (Often shortened to "live by the sword, die by the sword.") The young men of this city getting caught up in gang violence have the shortest lifespans of anyone in the state. True enough, he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.
2. If you rely upon a certain means of doing something, especially that which is illegal, illicit, or harmful to others, you 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 finally the FBI launched a sting against him that ended up putting him away for life. 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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