Proverbs 30

The Words of Agur1

30:1 The words of Agur, the son of Jakeh; an oracle:2

This3 man says4 to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ukal:5

30:2 Surely6 I am more brutish7 than any other human being,8

and I do not have human understanding;9

30:3 I have not learned wisdom,

nor do I have knowledge10 of the Holy One.11

30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended?12

Who has gathered up the winds in his fists?13

Who has bound up the waters in his cloak?14

Who has established all the ends of the earth?15

What is his name, and what is his son’s name?16 – if you know!

30:5 Every word of God is purified;17

he is like18 a shield for those who take refuge in him.19

30:6 Do not add to his words,

lest he reprove you, and prove you to be a liar.20

30:7 Two things21 I ask from you;22

do not refuse me before I die:

30:8 Remove falsehood and lies23 far from me;

do not give me poverty or riches,

feed me with my allotted portion24 of bread,25

30:9 lest I become satisfied and act deceptively26

and say, “Who is the Lord?”

Or lest I become poor and steal

and demean27 the name of my God.

30:10 Do not slander28 a servant to his master,

lest he curse you, and you are found guilty.29

30:11 There is a generation30 who curse their fathers

and do not bless their mothers.31

30:12 There is a generation who are pure in their own eyes

and yet are not washed32 from their filthiness.33

30:13 There is a generation whose eyes are so lofty,34

and whose eyelids are lifted up disdainfully.35

30:14 There is a generation whose teeth are like36 swords37

and whose molars38 are like knives

to devour39 the poor from the earth

and the needy from among the human race.

30:15 The leech40 has two daughters:41

“Give! Give!”42

There are three things that are never satisfied,

four43 that never say, “Enough”44

30:16 the grave,45 the barren womb,46

land that is not satisfied with water,

and fire that never says, “Enough!”47

30:17 The eye48 that mocks at a father

and despises obeying49 a mother –

the ravens of the valley will peck it out

and the young vultures will eat it.50

30:18 There are three things that are too wonderful for me,51

four that I do not understand:

30:19 the way52 of an eagle in the sky,

the way of a snake on a rock,

the way of a ship in the sea,

and the way of a man with a woman.53

30:20 This is the way54 of an adulterous55 woman:

she eats and wipes her mouth56

and says, “I have not done wrong.”57

30:21 Under three things the earth trembles,58

and under four things it cannot bear up:

30:22 under a servant59 who becomes king,

under a fool who is stuffed with food,60

30:23 under an unloved61 woman who is married,

and under a female servant who dispossesses62 her mistress.

30:24 There are four things on earth that are small,63

but they are exceedingly wise:64

30:25 ants are creatures with little strength,

but they prepare65 their food in the summer;

30:26 rock badgers66 are creatures with little power,

but they make their homes in the crags;

30:27 locusts have no king,

but they all go forward by ranks;67

30:28 a lizard68 you can catch with the hand,

but it gets into the palaces of the king.69

30:29 There are three things that are magnificent70 in their step,

four things that move about magnificently:71

30:30 a lion, mightiest72 of the beasts,

who does not retreat from anything;

30:31 a strutting rooster,73 a male goat,

and a king with his army around him.74

30:32 If you have done foolishly by exalting yourself75

or if you have planned evil,

put76 your hand over your mouth!

30:33 For as the churning77 of milk produces butter

and as punching the nose produces blood,

so stirring up anger78 produces strife.79

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