Proverbs 22:8
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New International Version
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

New Living Translation
Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.

English Standard Version
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

New American Standard Bible
He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.

King James Bible
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

International Standard Version
Whoever sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the anger he uses for a weapon will be destroyed.

NET Bible
The one who sows iniquity will reap trouble, and the rod of his fury will end.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that sows evil will reap fraud, and the scepter of his anger will be destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever plants injustice will harvest trouble, and this weapon of his own fury will be destroyed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that sows iniquity shall reap iniquity, and the rod of his anger shall fail.

King James 2000 Bible
He that sows iniquity shall reap trouble: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

American King James Version
He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

American Standard Version
He that soweth iniquity shall reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath shall fail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that soweth iniquity shall reap evils, and with the rod of his anger he shall be consumed.

Darby Bible Translation
He that soweth unrighteousness shall reap iniquity, and the rod of his wrath shall have an end.

English Revised Version
He that soweth iniquity shall reap calamity: and the rod of his wrath shall fail.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

World English Bible
He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is sowing perverseness reapeth sorrow, And the rod of his anger weareth out.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity; shall gain nothing substantial, shall have nothing to show for his pains. But aven also means "calamity," "trouble," as Proverbs 12:21; so the gnome expresses the truth that they who do evil shall meet with punishment in their very sins - the exact contrast to the promise to the righteous (Proverbs 11:18). "To him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward." Thus we have in Job 4:8, "They that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same;" and the apostle asserts (Galatians 6:7, etc), "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Eastern proverbs run, "As the sin, so the atonement:" "Those who sow thorns can only reap prickles" (comp. Proverbs 12:14). And the rod of his anger shall fail. The writer is thinking especially of cruelty and injustice practised on a neighbour, as Delitzsch has pointed out, and he means that the rod which he has raised, the violence intended against the innocent victim, shall vanish away or fall harmlessly. Ewald and others think that the rod is the Divine anger, and translate the verb (kalah) "is prepared," a sense which here it will not well bear, though the LXX. has lent some countenance to it by rendering, "And shall fully accomplish the plague (πληγὴν,? 'punishment') of his deeds." The rendering, "shall fail." "shall be consumed, or annihilated," is confirmed by Genesis 21:15; Isaiah 1:28; Isaiah 16:4, etc. The Septuagint adds a distich here, of which the first member is a variant of ver. 9a. and the second another rendering of the latter hemistich of the present verse: "A cheerful man and a giver God blesseth (ἄνδρα ἱλαρὸν καὶ δότην εὐλογεῖ ὁ Θεός): but he shall bring to an end (συντελεσεῖ) the vanity of his works." The first hemistich is remarkable for being quoted by St. Paul (2 Corinthians 9:7), with a slight variation, Ἱλαρὸν γὰρ δότην ἀγαπᾷ ὁ Θεός. So Ecclus. 32 (35):9, "In all thy gifts show a cheerful countenance (ἱλάρωσον τὸ πρόσθπόν σου)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that soweth iniquity (u) shall reap vanity,.... He that practises sin, and is frequent in the commission of it; indulges to it in a profuse way, as the sower plentifully scatters his seed; such shall reaper possess nothing but sin and wickedness; for, what a man sows, that shall he reap; he shall eat the fruit of his doings, and have the reward of his works; see Job 4:8; or "nothing" (w), mere emptiness; it shall not answer; he shall have in the end neither pleasure nor profit, but the contrary; "shall reap evil things", as the Septuagint, Arabic, and Vulgate Latin versions render it;

and the rod of his anger shall fail; with which he has ruled and smitten others in an angry and cruel manner; this shall be taken from him; his authority shall fail, and he shall become subject to others, and be used in like manner; see Isaiah 14:4. R. Joseph Kimchi interprets it of "the rod of the increase" of the earth, or the rod or flail with which the fruits of the earth are threshed or beaten out, which should fail before they were reaped; and Schultens (x) has reference to the same, and gives the sense, that a wicked man that sows iniquity, when he thinks his harvest is ripe, shall be beaten with the flail, by which he shall be consumed; and he that threshed others shall be threshed himself.

(u) So, "serere fallaciam", in Plauti Poenulo, l. 1. v. 67. (w) "inanitatem ac nihilum", Michaelis. (x) "Et virga in eum desaevitura, erit decretoria".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. (Compare Pr 11:18; Ps 109:16-20; Ga 6:7, 8).

the rod … fail—His power to do evil will be destroyed.

Proverbs 22:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
7The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave. 8He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish. 9He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.…
Cross References
Job 4:8
As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.

Psalm 125:3
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.

Proverbs 1:31
they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

Hosea 8:7
"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.

Hosea 10:13
But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,
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He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

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Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it …

Hosea 10:13 You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity; you have eaten …

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

the rod of his anger shall fail

Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the …

Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest on the lot of the righteous; …

Isaiah 9:4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his …

Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.

Isaiah 14:29 Rejoice not you, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote …

Isaiah 30:31 For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, …

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