Proverbs 16:14

14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it.

Read Proverbs 16:14 Using Other Translations

The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it.
The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it.

What does Proverbs 16:14 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 16:14

The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death
Or, "angels of death", as the Targum. As the wrath of Ahasuerus was to Haman; when it is either discovered in the countenance of a king, or expressed by his words, or signified by a messenger; it sometimes has been immediate death to a person, and often as terrible as if a messenger brought the sentence of death; yea, it is as if one messenger after another was sent on such an errand, and therefore the word is in the plural number. How terrible is the wrath of the King of kings; and even to kings themselves, who are represented as flying to rocks and mountains to hide them from it! ( Revelation 6:15-17 ) ; but a wise man will pacify it;
by a proper acknowledgment of the offence committed; or by a prudent representation of his case, or the case of his friends; by soft answers and strong arguments, as Jonathan pacified the wrath of King Saul his father against David. He is a wise man that believes in Christ, and pleads his propitiatory sacrifice for the expiation of his sin, at the same time frankly acknowledging it.

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