“you reap what you sow”



Although the quote “you reap what you sow” does not appear verbatim in this scripture, it comes from two clauses in this verse as well as in the next.

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“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

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Galatians 6:7 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Be πλανᾶσθε To (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue) Be
not Μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
deceived; πλανᾶσθε To (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue) deceived
God θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
is μυκτηρίζεται To make mouths at, i.e., ridicule is
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
mocked: μυκτηρίζεται To make mouths at, i.e., ridicule mocked
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
whatsoever ἐὰν A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty whatsoever
a man ἄνθρωπος Man-faced, i.e., a human being man
soweth, σπείρῃ To scatter, i.e., sow (literally or figuratively) soweth
that τοῦτο That thing that
shall he θερίσει· To harvest shall he
also καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words also
reap. θερίσει· To harvest reap

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  • 5  For every man shall bear his own burden.

  • 6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

  • 7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

  • 8  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.

  • 9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


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