He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
– Proverbs 22:8
This proverb is one of the reap-what-you-sow proverbs. Wisdom teaches to consider the consequence and outcome of our way. Where will it all end? The word for iniquity means injustice. Sowing iniquity images a life lived by gains of oppression, and nothing but trouble can come of it (Proverbs 10:2; 11:18; 20:17; 21:6). The second phrase speaks of the sure end of his rod of anger through implied judgment. His iniquity will be stopped and he will be cut off (Proverbs 11:7; 14:32). Wisdom gives a warning to the wicked and also hope to the suffering righteous.