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He who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind.


Meaning ang origin

The proverb "He who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind" is a warning about the consequences of one's actions, particularly negative actions or decisions that may lead to severe and destructive outcomes. It suggests that if someone engages in reckless or harmful behavior, they can expect to face much more significant and harmful consequences in the future.

The origin of this proverb can be traced back to the Bible, specifically the book of Hosea in the Old Testament. The phrase appears in Hosea 8:7 (King James Version):

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up."

In this biblical context, the metaphor is used to convey the idea that if people engage in sinful or unwise actions, they will experience a much more severe and destructive outcome in return. Over time, the proverb has been adapted and used in various contexts to convey the general principle that the consequences of one's actions can be more significant and far-reaching than initially anticipated.