You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
There is a schoolboy, yawning over his lesson. He sits with his books before him, but he is not working. If we ask him why, he says, "Oh, I hate Latin! .... Well, perhaps you like arithmetic better? .... Oh no, I hate doing sums." "Well, do you like geography? .... Oh no, I hate geography worst of all." The real truth is, he hates work. He is sowing thistles; and by and by, when his school-days are over, the prickles will sting him, and the empty, useless seed be a plague in his neighbours' fields.
(E. R. Conder, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
WEB: By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?