wages of sin, the


The results or consequences of evildoing, as in She ate all of the strawberries and ended up with a terrible stomachache—the wages of sin, no doubt. This expression comes from the New Testament, where Paul writes to the Romans (6:23): “The wages of sin is death.” Today it is often used more lightly, as in the example.

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