Proverbs 301The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal: 2Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man, 3and I have not learned wisdom, nor have I the knowledge of the Holy. 4Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in his garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou know? 5Every word of God is tried. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6Add thou not to his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 7Two things I have asked of thee, deny me not before I die: 8Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, 9lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is Jehovah? or lest I be poor, and steal, and use the name of my God profanely. 10Slander not a servant to his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be held guilty. 11There is a generation who curses their father, and does not bless their mother. 12There is a generation who are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their filthiness. 13There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes, and their eyelids are lifted up. 14There is a generation whose teeth are swords, and their jaw teeth, knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. 15The leach has two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four that do not say, Enough: 16Sheol, and the barren womb, the earth that is not satisfied with water, and the fire that does not say, Enough. 17The eye that mocks at his father, and despises to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. 18There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 19The way of an eagle in the air, the way of a serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea, and the way of a man with a maiden. 20So is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no iniquity. 21For three things the earth trembles, and for four, which it cannot bear: 22For a servant when he is king, and a fool when he is filled with food, 23for a hateful woman when she is married, and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress. 24There are four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: 25The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer, 26the conies are but a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks, 27the locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands, 28the lizard takes hold with her hands, yet she is in kings' palaces. 29There are three things which are stately in their march, yea, four which are stately in going: 30The lion, which is mightiest among beasts, and turns not away from any, 31the greyhound, also the he-goat, and the king against whom there is no rising up. 32If thou have done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou have thought evil, lay thy hand upon thy mouth. 33For the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood, so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife.
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