A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.…Proverbs 17:11
This, in its highest reference, is an anticipation of the divine philosophy of St John, “sin is lawlessness” (ἡ ἁμαρτία ἐστὶν ἡ ἀνομία). “Sin is lawlessness. Sin and lawlessness are convertible terms. Sin is not an arbitrary conception; it is the assertion of the selfish will against a paramount authority. He who sins breaks, not only by accident or in an isolated detail, but essentially, the law which he was created to fulfill,” Westcott on 1 John 3:4.
“He that kicks against the pricks is waited for of the sword.” (Ancient Greek proverb)
…like the rebellious ox—driving the goad deeper and deeper.
“Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path” (Proverbs 15:10).
“The way of the unfaithful is hard” (Proverbs 13:15).
No kidding. This must be the greatest understatement ever made.