Sic fiet filiis iniquitatis 
- Mentioned in: Henkel and Schöne, Emblemata, col. 229
Sources and parallels
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IconclassA flying crow drops a nut on a pedestal
- Pride; 'Superbia' (Ripa) ~ personification of one of the Seven Deadly Sins [11N31]
- song-birds: crow (+ animal(s) throwing something) [25F32(CROW)(+5241)]
- song-birds: crow (+ flying animal(s)) [25F32(CROW)(+5262)]
- fruits: nuts (+ plants used symbolically) [25G21(NUTS)(+1)]
- (high) hill [25H113]
- landscape with ruins [25I9]
- pedestal of a piece of sculpture (perhaps in the form of a herm) [48C244]
- banderole [49L73]
- inscription [49L8]
- Pride, Loftiness; 'Alterezza in persona nata povera civile' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [57AA64(+4)]
- proverbs, sayings, etc. (with TEXT) [86(SIC FIET FILIIS INIQUITATIS)]
'sicut solent cadere coram filiis iniquitatis', source: Latin Vulgate Bible, 2 Kings 3, 34.
It is possible that the crow is symbolic for fate, because crows were ominous birds in Roman religion. Then, the nut is the wicked man. Alternatively, the crow herself is the man and is destined to lose what he has gained with his ambition. It is difficult to bring out the ambiguity in translation. The Dutch and French parallels differ in highlighting either of these aspects.