With great power comes great responsibility

I can see that it is inverted to emphasize great power and responsibility.

However, when I reverse it to a normal order(?), it is not only mundane but the cause and effect relationship(?) also seems wrong.

Great responsibility comes with great power

It sounds like great responsibility comes first and great power follows it. Shouldn't it be reversed? According to the context, the sentence should be

Great power comes with great responsibility?

Does Come with have a connotation that the subject and object moves simultaneously?

What do you think? Thank you!

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    You have responsibility because of your power, so your second version isn't quite right. If you want to flip the position of the nouns, then (semantically) it should be great responsibility comes from great power. (Or, in longer form, Having great responsibility is a consequence of having great power.) Sep 12, 2018 at 14:46

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The expression “come with” is used to indicate that one action is the consequence of another.

Come with (something)

to exist or develop as a result of something

  • the kind of skill that comes with years of practice.

(MacMillan Dictionary)

So you have “great responsibility” as a result of having “great power”.

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    +1 But I think you should emphasize your answer to match his real question of flipping the sentence around, "With A comes B" = "B comes with A" and both equal "A is result of B". Sep 12, 2018 at 8:49

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