Sowing and reaping

There is a law of “sowing and reaping” throughout the Bible. We don’t know how to fully reconcile it with grace and mercy. Here are the verses we’ve found:



Numbers 14:28. Tell them, ‘As I live, says the LORD, surely as you have spoken in my ears, so I will do to you.

Numbers 32:23. But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.

Deuteronomy 4:4. But you who were faithful to the LORD your God are all alive today.

Judges 1:7. Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings, having their thumbs and their big toes cut off, scavenged under my table. As I have done, so God has done to me.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

Job 3:25. For the thing which I fear comes on me, That which I am afraid of comes to me.

Job 8:4. If your children have sinned against him, He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience.

2 Samuel 11:27. When the mourning was past, David sent and took her home to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

Psalm 126:5. Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.

Psalm 141:10. Let the wicked fall together into their own nets, while I pass by.

Proverbs 1:31. Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own schemes.

Isaiah 17:14. At evening, behold, terror! Before the morning, they are no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.

Isaiah 22:17. Behold, the LORD will overcome you and hurl you away violently. Yes, he will grasp you firmly.

Isaiah 33:1. Woe to you who destroy, but you weren’t destroyed, and who betray, but nobody betrayed you! When you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed; and when you have finished betrayal, you will be betrayed.

Jeremiah 8:14. “Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves! Let’s enter into the fortified cities, and let’s be silent there; for the LORD our God has put us to silence, and given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:12. Therefore their way will be to them as slippery places in the darkness. They will be driven on, and fall therein; for I will bring evil on them, even the year of their visitation,” says the LORD.

Obadiah 1:15. For the day of the LORD is near all the nations! As you have done, it will be done to you. Your deeds will return upon your own head.



Wisdom 11:16. that they might learn that by what things a man sins, by these he is punished.

Wisdom 12:23. Wherefore also the unrighteous that lived in folly of life, you tormented through their own abominations.

Sirach 28:1. He that takes vengeance will find vengeance from the Lord; And he will surely make firm his sins.



Galatians 6:7. Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Revelation 2:23. I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am he who searches the minds and hearts. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

Revelation 18:6. Return to her just as she returned, and repay her double as she did, and according to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix to her double.

Revelation 22:12. Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work.


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