What does God's Gonna Cut You Down mean?

Johnny Cash: God's Gonna Cut You Down Meaning

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Song Released: 2006

God's Gonna Cut You Down Lyrics

"God's Gonna Cut You Down"

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God'll cut you down
Sooner or later God'll cut you down

Go and tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 25th 2011 !⃝

    clearly it means that sinners who seem above the law will one day face a judge who no one can bribe, intimadate, or elude. they will be punished no matter what they do or say to avoid it. so the sinner must either learn the lesson before he dies becuse if he learns to late he will spend enternity in the lake of fire, and he is not above god's law.


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    Dec 3rd 2011 !⃝

    I agree with the guy above me. God is not intimidated or bribed, He is the Ultimate judge and what we do on earth will be revealed in His judgement

  3. anonymous
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    May 5th 2023 !⃝

    We are all sinners and God will cut us all down because He loves us. Cut down is the same as the high priest who said that one should die for all. The truth God is speaking through people is much deeper than most realize. All are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. All are cut down from the bondage of this world. Thank God. Cut down is earthly death and the beginning of eternity. Johnny knew this better than most. He wouldn’t have recorded this song if he thought he was better than others because he’d been saved. Let’s stop pretending to be righteous so we can feel good about ourselves and humble ourselves like the sinner who beat his chest and the murderer next to Christ on the cross who is with him in paradise today. My 2 cents as a fool who loves God and believes we are not here to be “blessed” as most interpret the word.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 19th 2021 !⃝

    You can run on for a long time but sooner or later HE IS gonna cut you down.

    Meaning you can live a long life as a sinner = Gambler (taking liberty with things not your own).

    Rambler (speaking jibberish or twisting GODS word to suit your own purpose).

    Back bitter (gossip or rumor monger, spreading untruths).

    Midnight rider(someone who operates unseen or in the secrecy of being anonymous.)

    Anything any of the HOLY BOOKS agree upon being a sin.

    Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's stuff, gluttony, lust, ect...)

    In all of the sacred writings (Bible, Koran ect.) you find GODS truth and they ALL agree. The out come of living a unrepentant sinful live will surely and ultimately have the same end game.

    Death both physically and spiritually.

    The song was Mr. Cash's way of warning humankind that the wage of sin is death.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 18th 2021 !⃝

    It means what it says.

    Those who revel in evil things will pay the wage of sin. Death... and not possibly just in a physical way but spiritualy as in no eternal life.

    When he says "whats done in the dark will be brought to the light" refers to the fact you might think no one sees you but GOD ALMIGHTY does.

    Your soul is a "recording device" that stores all of the things you've done and it will reveal itself in the pure light of truth.

    Watch the official video. All the people you see in the video are mocking GOD when they do the illuminati hand sign or show them left eye first.

    They know what is up.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 16th 2021 !⃝

    I thought I heard the shuffle of the angel's feet
    He called my name and my heart stood still
    When he said, "John, go do my will.

    I Think He wants Johnny to preach the word of god to the people that they can’t hide from god

    Either way a badass song!

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 31st 2020 !⃝

    I take it to mean differently than most. I think Johnny is singing this to all the sinners, of which Johnny was certainly one. When he sings “God is gonna cut you down”, he doesn’t mean literally as in he’s going to punish us. But rather metaphorically as in HE will cut us down from the cross and not make us suffer but to have everlasting life with HIM if we repent and are saved.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2020 !⃝

    That living a life of risk without a care or remorse who gets hurt along the way as you hang yourself as you go sooner or later gods gonna cut you down and stop turning his eye to youre wrong doing so you will be punished for your sins

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2017 !⃝

    What does he mean by midnight rider?

  10. kooljohn176
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    Jul 16th 2015 !⃝

    A gutsy and controversial song statement to be studied that was left to us by Johnny Cash [R.I.P] who admitted that he was a sinner like all of us in some way or another that learned the hard way in life by relating to the gambler,rambler,backbiter,running on for a long time with the long tongue liar and the midnight rider. He saw himself in these complex personalities that he expierienced throughout his life to sing a song like ''God is gonna cut you down'', 'cause he himself felt that he was cut down by God who allowed Satan to use on John by teaching John a lesson in suffering and to bring him down on his knees to become a born again christian in the transformation. Even in Johnny Cash's early carrier he supported and became a Christian Zionist out of his heart and love of Israel[Jesus Christ], before it was beginning to be used by some evil minds in trying to twist God's hand to bring on the second coming of the Messiah in the state of Israel by boxing in the Jews and to beat them at their own game according to the Bible in what they started in the one God religion to be cut down if they don't change their ways and turn their hearts back to him from ''meglomania egoisim'' that wants to destroy us all in it. Anotherwords John is also trying to tell us in case we are becoming like the old dictators in the islamo nazi,fascist,catholic throat cutters by our sins to stop and turn our hearts to The Lord to guide us in renewing our souls. Otherwise God is gonna cut us down by allowing Satan on us to give us some unpleasent memories in the hope to turn our hearts to The Good Lord.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2015 !⃝

    God will cut you from evil bringing you to the light. You can try escaping with drugs but God will free you eventually.

  12. anonymous
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    Sep 24th 2014 !⃝

    The song means what it says; God will cut you down. You can run for a while but sooner or later God's gonna cut you down. God don't take crap from nobody. God doesn't take kindly to evil.

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 23rd 2013 !⃝

    This is when johny cash was goin through depression and anxiety. "My heads been whipped", and as sure as god made black and white, whats done in the dark will be brought to the light", meaning you can recover. Its sayin that we all suffer from the human condition, and if you think your above all that god will cut you down.

  14. anonymous
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    May 15th 2013 !⃝

    i think it means that the people who play God on earth and judge everyone else but themselves,actually are the ones that do more bad than good..but in their heads they are moved by" God s hands"..

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2012 !⃝

    It means that god is going to cut you down.

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2012 !⃝

    one question though. in the video it has bono from U2 in it and the graffiti on the wall behind him states "sinners make the best saints" what would be the meaning to that if the song itself is about justice and judgement.

  17. anonymous
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    Jun 22nd 2011 !⃝

    If you keep doing bad things eventually god or the world will cut you down so you should make the best of your bad times because eventually you will get cut down by the world.

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