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Proverbs 16:14 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The wrath of a king is [as] messengers of death; But a wise man will pacify it.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The fury of a king is [like] messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The fury of a king is [as] messengers of death; but a wise man will pacify it.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The wrath of a king, [meaneth] messengers of death, but, a man who is wise, will appease it.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The fury of a king [is] messengers of death, And a wise man pacifieth it.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: and the wise man will pacify it.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacifie it.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The anger of a king is a messenger of death; but a wise man will pacify him.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The wrath 2534
{2534} Prime
From H3179; heat; figuratively anger, poison (from its fever).
of a king 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
[is as] messengers 4397
{4397} Prime
From an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher).
of death: 4194
{4194} Prime
From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin.
but a wise 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
will pacify 3722
{3722} Prime
A primitive root; to cover (specifically with bitumen); figuratively to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:14

_ _ This wrath, so terrible and certain, like messengers of death (1 Kings 2:25), can be appeased by the wise.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:14-15

_ _ These two verses show the power of kings, which is every where great, but was especially so in those eastern countries, where they were absolute and arbitrary. Whom they would they slew and whom they would they kept alive. Their will was a law. We have reason to bless God for the happy constitution of the government we live under, which maintains the prerogative of the prince without any injury to the liberty of the subject. But here it is intimated, 1. How formidable the wrath of a king is: It is as messengers of death; the wrath of Ahasuerus was so to Haman. An angry word from an incensed prince has been to many a messenger of death, and has struck so great a terror upon some as if a sentence of death had been pronounced upon them. He must be a very wise man that knows how to pacify the wrath of a king with a word fitly spoken, as Jonathan once pacified his father's rage against David, 1 Samuel 19:6. A prudent subject may sometimes suggest that to an angry prince which will cool his resentments. 2. How valuable and desirable the king's favour is to those that have incurred his displeasure; it is life from the dead if the king be reconciled to them. To others it is as a cloud of the latter rain, very refreshing to the ground. Solomon put his subjects in mind of this, that they might not do any thing to incur his wrath, but be careful to recommend themselves to his favour. We ought by it to be put in mind how much we are concerned to escape the wrath and obtain the favour of the King of kings. His frowns are worse than death, and his favour is better than life; and therefore those are fools who to escape the wrath, and obtain the favour, of an earthly prince, will throw themselves out of God's favour, and make themselves obnoxious to his wrath.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 16:14

The wrath of a king [is as] (h) messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

(h) That is, he finds many ways to execute his wrath.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 19:12 The king's wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favour [is] as dew upon the grass.
Proverbs 20:2 The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion: [whoso] provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own soul.
Daniel 3:13-25 Then Nebuchadnezzar in [his] rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. ... He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Luke 12:4-5 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. ... But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.


Proverbs 17:11 An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
2 Kings 6:31-33 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day. ... And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil [is] of the LORD; what should I wait for the LORD any longer?
Mark 6:27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,


Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.
Acts 12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's [country].
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
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2K 6:31. Pv 17:11; 19:12; 20:2. Ec 10:4. Dn 3:13. Mk 6:27. Lk 12:4. Ac 12:20. 2Co 5:20.

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