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reap a/the harvest of (something)

To experience the consequences of some previous action or past event. You have three papers due on Monday? It sounds like you're reaping the harvest of your procrastination. Our students are unprepared for the workforce, and we are reaping a harvest of lowered standards.
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reap the harvest

1. If someone reaps the harvest of past actions, they benefit as a result of those actions. Note: To reap a crop such as corn means to cut and gather it. He's a player at the top of his game, reaping the harvest of his own hard work. In subsequent years he would reap the harvest of his excellent training..
2. If someone reaps the harvest, they suffer now because of mistakes that they made in the past. Note: To reap a crop such as corn means to cut and gather it. We are now as a nation reaping the harvest of the lack of attention to basics in language and numbers.
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reap a/the ˈharvest

(British English) benefit or suffer as a direct result of something that you have done: His attacking policies have reaped a particularly good harvest overseas, where he is well known as a shrewd businessman.
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People often sow seeds of bad character, reap a harvest of negative consequences, and then point their finger at others and say, 'You didn't come through for me!' People ruin their lives by their own foolish choices; yet they are angry with others, blaming someone else over their own failure to exercise wise judgment.
As James penned, "Peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness" (James 3:18).
At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."
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One day, he says, "we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don't give up" (6:9).