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News Item 355. Mishlei 19-12 (Royalty)

A new proverb was posted to the Mishlei section on Friday, December 29.

יב) נַהַם כַּכְּפִיר זַעַף מֶלֶךְ, וּכְטַל עַל עֵשֶׂב רְצוֹנוֹ)

The wrath of a king is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew upon the grass .
This proverb examines the mood of a powerful king as perceived by his subjects. Because such a king has the potential to cause great harm, his anger is as frightening to his people as the roar of a lion. And yet the very same king has a gentle side which is compared to the fall of dew on a sunny morning.
Who is this king? In a sense it is every person who is important to another individual. The king should realize that no matter what he does he is making a lasting impression on those who depend on him. He should keep his reactions under active control and realize the emotional damage done by a show of anger. By the same token he should be aware of the human warmth transmitted by a show of kindness and appreciation.