live by the sword, die by the sword

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1611, King James Version of the Bible, Gospel of Matthew, 26:52

  • Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."


live by the sword, die by the sword

  1. One who uses violence can expect a violent response; it is better to try to use peaceful means wherever possible.
  2. (figuratively) One can expect dire outcomes from any vice; used to convey a sense that poetic justice is inevitable.