Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Treasury of Scripture
Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, said the LORD, to the wicked.
Isaiah 57:20,21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt...
Isaiah 65:13-15,20 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink...
Psalm 1:3-5 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither...
Psalm 11:5,6 The LORD tries the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates...
Ecclesiastes 8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he fears not before God.
for the reward
Psalm 28:4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands...
Psalm 62:12 Also to you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according to his work.
Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body...
James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
given him. Heb. done to him
Psalm 120:3,4 What shall be given to you? or what shall be done to you, you false tongue...
ContextJudgment Against Judah and Jerusalem
1For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, does take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water. 2The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, 3The captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator. 4And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. 5And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable. 6When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, You have clothing, be you our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand: 7In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people. 8For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory. 9The show of their countenance does witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe to their soul! for they have rewarded evil to themselves. 10Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. 12As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths. 13The LORD stands up to plead, and stands to judge the people. 14The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for you have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 15What mean you that you beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? said the Lord GOD of hosts. 16Moreover the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: 17Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. 18In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, 19The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, 20The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, 21The rings, and nose jewels, 22The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, 23The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils. 24And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. 25Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war. 26And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him ; for what his hands have done shall be done unto him.
Woe to the wicked unto evil: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Darby Bible Translation
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him, because the desert of his hands shall be rendered unto him.
King James Bible
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Young's Literal Translation
Woe to the wicked -- evil, Because the deed of his hand is done to him.