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The terror of a king is like the growl of a lion;
the one who infuriates him does wrong to his own soul. Bible other translations

“wrongs his own soul.” The semantic range of these words allows for the translation that many take: “forfeits his own life.” Sinning, or erring, against ones own soul, especially by angering the king, may involve losing one’s life. Although this verse speaks only of a “king,” it has a very broad application. If we anger those who have authority over us, such as a parent, boss, guard, military commander, etc., we only cause problems for ourselves.


Commentary for: Proverbs 20:2