Proverbs 20:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him 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.

New King James Version
The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

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

NASB 1995
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

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

Amplified Bible
The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

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

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

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.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The threat of a king differs not from the rage of a lion; and he that provokes him sins against his own soul.

Contemporary English Version
An angry ruler is like a roaring lion--make either one angry, and you are dead.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
Fear an angry king as you would a growling lion; making him angry is suicide.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
The fear of a king [is] a growl as of a young lion, "" He who is causing him to be angry is wronging his soul.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wine is a Mocker
1Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by them is not wise. 2The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him forfeits his own life. 3It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool will quarrel.…

Cross References
Numbers 16:38
As for the censers of those who sinned at the cost of their own lives, hammer them into sheets to overlay the altar, for these were presented before the LORD, and so have become holy. They will serve as a sign to the Israelites."

1 Kings 2:23
Then King Solomon swore by the LORD: "May God punish me, and ever so severely, if Adonijah has not made this request at the expense of his life.

Proverbs 8:36
But he who fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."

Habakkuk 2:10
You have plotted shame for your house by cutting off many peoples and forfeiting your life.


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.

fear

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 favour is as dew upon the grass.

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

sinneth

Proverbs 8:36
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

1 Kings 2:23
Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.









(2) The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion, i.e., the dread which he casts upon others when he is becoming angry is a warning of approaching. danger.

Sinneth against his own soul--i.e., against his own life.

Verse 2. - The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion (see Proverbs 19:12). The terror which a king causes when his anger is rising is like the roar of a lion, which betokens danger. Septuagint, "The threat of a king differeth not from the wrath of a lion." Whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul; imperils his life, which he has no right wilfully to jeopard. Septuagint, "He who enrageth him (ὁ παροξύνων αὐτόν)." The Complutensian and some Greek versions introduce the words, καὶ ἐπιμιγνύμενος, "and has intercourse with him;" i.e. he who having aroused a king's resentment does not avoid his presence, exposes himself to certain death.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The terror
אֵ֣ימַת (’ê·maṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 367: Fright, an idol

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

is like the roar
נַ֣הַם (na·ham)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5099: Growling (of a lion)

of a lion;
כַּ֭כְּפִיר (kak·kə·p̄îr)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3715: A village, a young lion

whoever provokes [him]
מִ֝תְעַבְּר֗וֹ (miṯ·‘ab·bə·rōw)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

forfeits
חוֹטֵ֥א (ḥō·w·ṭê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn

his own life.
נַפְשֽׁוֹ׃ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion


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