Proverbs 20:2

2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.

Proverbs 20:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
ESV
2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
NLT
2 The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.
MSG
2 Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs - cross them and they bite your head off.
CSB
2 A king's terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion; anyone who provokes him endangers himself.

Proverbs 20:2 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 20:2

The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion
The wrath and displeasure of a king, which causes fear; see ( Proverbs 19:12 ) ; kings should be terrors to evil works and workers, though not to good ones, ( Romans 13:3 ) . This is true of the King of kings, who one day will be terrible to the drunkards, the mockers, and murderers of his people, before spoken of; [whoso] provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own soul;
he exposes his life to danger: the Targum supplies it as we do. It may be rendered, his "soul sinneth" F1; he is guilty of sin, as well as is in danger of punishment; see ( Proverbs 8:36 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

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Proverbs 20:2 In-Context

1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.
3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Proverbs 19:12
  • 2. S Esther 7:7; S Proverbs 16:14; Proverbs 8:36