Man eateth where he worketh

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[edit] Literal or direct translation into English

Man eats from his toil. A person earns from their labour.

[edit] Interpretations or English equivalent

Mistakenly believed by many Ugandans to be a direct quote from the Bible, the saying is probably a corruption of the Biblical statement "by the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread" (Genesis 3:19).

It is often used by people to justify corruption or bribery, arguing that even God permits people to take from their places of work to meet their needs, even if what they are taking doesn't properly belong to them.

[edit] Proverb's original language

Ugandan English

[edit] Proverb in vernacular

Man eateth where he worketh.