Proverbs 19:19

19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

Proverbs 19:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
ESV
19 A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
NLT
19 Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.
MSG
19 Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you'll only make it worse.
CSB
19 A person with great anger bears the penalty; if you rescue him, you'll have to do it again.

Proverbs 19:19 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 19:19

A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment
Either a child that is of a wrathful disposition, and provokes his parent to wrath; or a parent that chastises his child in wrath; each shall suffer for it; or any man that gives way to wrath and anger and is continually quarrelling, he involves himself in trouble; and is punished, as his offence requires, according to law, either in his person or estate; for if thou deliver [him], yet thou must do it again;
if he is got out of one broil, he will get into another quickly; if he clear of one lawsuit, another will be commenced against him in a short time; if he is discharged and freed from a penalty he is justly subject to, it must be done again and again; he will fall into the same evil, and there is no end of appearing, for him and serving him; a wrathful man brings himself into great trouble, as may be seen in Shimei, ( 2 Samuel 16:7 ) ( 1 Kings 2:46 ) .

Proverbs 19:19 In-Context

17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.