Proverbs 20:2

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

Read Proverbs 20:2 Using Other Translations

The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.

What does Proverbs 20:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .


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