New International Version
A king's wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.
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.
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.
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.
Proverbs 20:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The fear of a king - Almost the same with Proverbs 19:12 (note), which see.
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'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying …
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the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the LORD and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites."
1 Kings 2:23
Then King Solomon swore by the LORD: "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request!
But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death."
You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.
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