Proverbs 20:2
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New International Version
A king's wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.

New Living Translation
The king's fury is like a lion's roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.

English Standard Version
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.

New American Standard Bible
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

King James Bible
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A king's terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion; anyone who provokes him endangers himself.

International Standard Version
A king's anger is like a lion's roar; anyone who angers him forfeits his life.

NET Bible
The king's terrifying anger is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him sins against himself.

New Heart English Bible
The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wrath of the King roars like a lion and he that angers him sins against himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion. Whoever makes him angry forfeits his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger forfeiteth his life.

New American Standard 1977
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
            He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fear of the king is as the roaring of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own soul.

King James 2000 Bible
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whosoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

American King James Version
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own soul.

American Standard Version
The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul.

Darby Bible Translation
The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

English Revised Version
The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own life.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

World English Bible
The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

Young's Literal Translation
The fear of a king is a growl as of a young lion, He who is causing him to be wroth is wronging his soul.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
20:1 It seems hard to believe that men of the greatest abilities, as well as the ignorant, should render themselves fools and madmen, merely for the taste or excitement produced by strong liquors. 2. How formidable kings are to those who provoke them! how much more foolish then is it to provoke the King of kings! 3. To engage in quarrels is the greatest folly that can be. Yield, and even give up just demands, for peace' sake. 4. He who labours and endures hardship in his seed-time for eternity, will be properly diligent as to his earthly business.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. 2The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life. 3Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.…
Cross References
Numbers 16:38
"As for the censers of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered sheets for a plating of the altar, since they did present them before the LORD and they are holy; and they shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel."

1 Kings 2:23
Then King Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, "May God do so to me and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life.

Proverbs 8:36
"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."

Habakkuk 2:10
"You have devised a shameful thing for your house By cutting off many peoples; So you are sinning against yourself.
Treasury of Scripture

The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own soul.

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Proverbs 16:14,15 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it…

Proverbs 19:12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as …

Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; …

Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he …

Amos 3:8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, …

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Proverbs 8:36 But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate …

1 Kings 2:23 Then king Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also…

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