Proverbs 30

The Words of Agur

1The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.
Or  Jakeh, the man of Massa

The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
Revocalization; Hebrew  The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal

2Surely I am too c  stupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
3I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of d  the Holy One.
4Who has e  ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has f  gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has g  wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all h  the ends of the earth?
i  What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!
5 j  Every word of God proves true;
he is k  a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 l  Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
7 Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me m  before I die:
8Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is n  needful for me,
9lest I be o  full and p  deny you
and say q  Who is the  Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
r  and profane the name of my God.
10 s  Do not slander a servant to his master,
t  lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
11 There are those
Hebrew  There is a generation; also verses 12, 13, 14
who v  curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
12There are those who are w  clean in their own eyes
but are not washed of their filth.
13There are thosehow x  lofty are their eyes,
how high their eyelids lift!
14There are those whose teeth are y  swords,
whose z  fangs are knives,
to aa  devour the poor from off the earth,
the needy from among mankind.
15 The leech has two daughters:
Give and Give.
Or  Give, give,” they cry

ac  Three things are never satisfied;
ad  four never say, “Enough”:
16 ae  Sheol af  the barren womb,
the land never satisfied with water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough.”
17 The eye that ag  mocks a father
and ah  scorns to obey a mother
will ai  be picked out by aj  the ravens of the valley
and eaten by the vultures.
18 ak  Three things are al  too wonderful for me;
am  four I do not understand:
19the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a virgin.
20 This is the way of an adulteress:
she eats and wipes her mouth
and says, “I have done no wrong.”
21 Under an  three things ao  the earth trembles;
under ap  four it cannot bear up:
22 aq  a slave when he becomes king,
and a fool when he is ar  filled with food;
23 as  an unloved woman when she at  gets a husband,
and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
24 au  Four things on earth are small,
but they are exceedingly wise:
25 av  the ants are a people not strong,
yet they provide their food in the summer;
26 aw  the rock badgers are a people not mighty,
yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
27the locusts have no ax  king,
yet all of them march in ay  rank;
28the lizard you can take in your hands,
yet it is in kingspalaces.
29 az  Three things are stately in their tread;
ba  four are stately in their stride:
30the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and bb  does not turn back before any;
31the bc  strutting rooster
Or  the magpie, or  the greyhound; Hebrew girt-of-loins
the he-goat,
and a king whose army is with him.
Or against whom there is no rising up

32 If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
or if you have been devising evil,
bf  put your hand on your mouth.
33For pressing milk produces curds,
pressing the nose produces blood,
and pressing anger produces strife.
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