E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Wages of Sin (The).
To carn the wages of sin. To be hanged, or condemned to death.
I believe some of you will be hanged unless you change a good deal. Its cold blood and bad blood that runs in your veins, and youll come to earn the wages of sin.Boldrewood: Robbery under Arms, ii.