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"reaping the whirlwind"

Posted by Smokey Stover on February 24, 2006

In Reply to: "Reaping the whirlwind" posted by Richard Bellerose on February 24, 2006

: I have a vague memory of the phrase "reaping the whirlwind," but I cannot remember if I have it exactly right or what its origin is.

From the Bible Gateway: Hosea 8:7
"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up."

If you want to know more about the context, read the rest of Hosea. I think it means "be careful what you sow." SS