The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
– Proverbs 11:18
The general tenor of Proverbs is that the gains of the wicked, whatever they are, are not lasting. The deceitful works of the wicked are also often the means that bring them down (Proverbs 1:18; 5:22; 22:8). The contrast emphasizes the reward, or wages, of sowing in righteousness is sure. The word indicates firmness, stability, and reliability. Those who work in righteousness are assured of a reward.