Ayasāva malaṃ samuṭṭhitaṃ
tatuṭṭhāya tameva khādati,
sāni kammāni nayanti duggatiṃ.
Just as rust arising from iron
eats away the base from which it arises,
even so, their own deeds
lead transgressors to states of woe.
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita