Proverbs 16:14
New International Version
A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it.

New Living Translation
The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it.

English Standard Version
A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it.

Berean Study Bible
The wrath of a king is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.

New American Standard Bible
The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.

New King James Version
As messengers of death is the king’s wrath, But a wise man will appease it.

King James Bible
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

Christian Standard Bible
A king's fury is a messenger of death, but a wise person appeases it.

Contemporary English Version
An angry ruler can put you to death. So be wise! Don't make one angry.

Good News Translation
A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A king's fury is a messenger of death, but a wise man appeases it.

International Standard Version
The king's wrath results in a death sentence, but whoever is wise will appease him.

NET Bible
A king's wrath is like a messenger of death, but a wise person appeases it.

New Heart English Bible
The king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The anger of the King is messengers of death and the wise man will assuage it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A king's anger announces death, but a wise man makes peace with him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it.

New American Standard 1977
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wrath of the king is as a messenger of death, but the wise man will avoid it.

King James 2000 Bible
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will appease it.

American King James Version
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

American Standard Version
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The anger of a king is a messenger of death; but a wise man will pacify him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death : and the wise man will pacify it.

Darby Bible Translation
The fury of a king is [as] messengers of death; but a wise man will pacify it.

English Revised Version
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

World English Bible
The king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.

Young's Literal Translation
The fury of a king is messengers of death, And a wise man pacifieth it.
Study Bible
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
13Righteous lips are a king’s delight, and he who speaks honestly is beloved. 14The wrath of a king is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it. 15When a king’s face brightens, there is life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.…
Cross References
Genesis 40:2
Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger calms dispute.

Proverbs 16:13
Righteous lips are a king's delight, and he who speaks honestly is beloved.

Proverbs 16:15
When a king's face brightens, there is life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

Proverbs 19:12
A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Proverbs 29:8
Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.

Treasury of Scripture

The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

wrath

Proverbs 19:12
The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

Proverbs 20:2
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

Daniel 3:13
Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.

messengers

Proverbs 17:11
An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

2 Kings 6:31-33
Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day…

Mark 6:27
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

but

Ecclesiastes 10:4
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

Acts 12:20
And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.

2 Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.







Lexicon
The wrath
חֲמַת־ (ḥă·maṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2534: Heat, anger, poison

of a king
מֶ֥לֶךְ (me·leḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

is a messenger
מַלְאֲכֵי־ (mal·’ă·ḵê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

of death,
מָ֑וֶת (mā·weṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

but a wise
חָכָ֣ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

man
וְאִ֖ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

will pacify it.
יְכַפְּרֶֽנָּה׃ (yə·ḵap·pə·ren·nāh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3722: To cover, to expiate, condone, to placate, cancel
Verse 14. - The wrath of a king is as messengers of death. In a despotic monarchy the death of an offender follows quickly on the offence. Anger the king, and punishment is at hand; instruments are always ready who will carry out the sentence, and that before time is given for reconsideration. The murder of Thomas a Becket will occur as an illustration (comp. Esther 7:8, etc). The LXX. translates, "The king's wrath is a messenger of death," taking the plural as put by enallage for the singular; but possibly the plural may intimate the many agents who are prepared to perform the ruler's behests, and the various means which he possesses for punishing offenders. This first clause implies, without expressly saying, that, such being the case, none but a fool will excite the monarch's resentment (comp. Ecclesiastes 8:4); then the second clause comes in naturally. But a wise man will pacify it. He will take care not to provoke that anger which gluts its resentment so quickly and so fatally (Proverbs 19:12; Proverbs 20:2). Septuagint, "A wise man will appease him," the king; as Jacob propitiated Esau by the present which he sent forward (Genesis 32:20, 21). 16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.
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