Proverbs 20:2
Good News Translation
Fear an angry king as you would a growling lion; making him angry is suicide.

Contemporary English Version
An angry ruler is like a roaring lion--make either one angry, and you are dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul.

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As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul.

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Proverbs 16:14,15 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: and the wise man will pacify it. . . .

Proverbs 19:12 As the roaring of a lion, so also is the anger of a king: and his cheerfulness as the dew upon the grass.

Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of him that hath power, ascend upon thee, leave not thy place: because care will make the greatest sins to cease.

Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the Lord, he shall roar as a lion: because he shall roar, and the children of the sea shall fear.

Amos 3:8 The lion shall roar, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who shall not prophesy?

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Proverbs 8:36 Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars.

1 Kings 2:23 Then king Solomon swore by the Lord, saying: So and so may God do to me, and add more, if Adonias hath not spoken this word against his own life.

Context
Wine is a Mocker
1Wine is a luxurious thing, and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith, shall not be wise. 2As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul.3It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.…
Cross References
Numbers 16:38
In the deaths of the sinners: and let him beat them into plates, and fasten them to the altar, because incense hath been offered in them to the Lord, and they are sanctified, that the children of Israel may see them for a sign and a memorial.

1 Kings 2:23
Then king Solomon swore by the Lord, saying: So and so may God do to me, and add more, if Adonias hath not spoken this word against his own life.

Proverbs 8:36
Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars.

Habakkuk 2:10
Thou hast devised confusion to thy house, thou hast cut off many people, and thy soul hath sinned.

Additional Translations
The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him forfeits his own life.The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own soul.

The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own life.

The threat of a king differs not from the rage of a lion; and he that provokes him sins against his own soul.

The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own life.

The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

The fear of a king is a growl as of a young lion, He who is causing him to be wroth is wronging his soul.
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