The Words of Agur1The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle. ▼
▼Or Jakeh, the man of MassaThe 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 cstupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
3I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of dthe Holy One.
4Who has eascended to heaven and come down?
Who has fgathered the wind in his fists?
Who has gwrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all hthe ends of the earth?
iWhat is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!
5 jEvery word of God proves true;
he is ka shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 lDo 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 mbefore I die:
8Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is nneedful for me,
9lest I be ofull and pdeny you
and say q“Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
rand profane the name of my God.
10 sDo not slander a servant to his master,
tlest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
11 There are those ▼
▼Hebrew There is a generation; also verses 12, 13, 14who vcurse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
12There are those who are wclean in their own eyes
but are not washed of their filth.
13There are those—how xlofty are their eyes,
how high their eyelids lift!
14There are those whose teeth are yswords,
whose zfangs are knives,
to aadevour 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
acThree things are never satisfied;
adfour never say, “Enough”:
16 aeSheol afthe barren womb,
the land never satisfied with water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough.”
17 The eye that agmocks a father
and ahscorns to obey a mother
will aibe picked out by ajthe ravens of the valley
and eaten by the vultures.
18 akThree things are altoo wonderful for me;
amfour 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 anthree things aothe earth trembles;
under apfour it cannot bear up:
22 aqa slave when he becomes king,
and a fool when he is arfilled with food;
23 asan unloved woman when she atgets a husband,
and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
24 auFour things on earth are small,
but they are exceedingly wise:
25 avthe ants are a people not strong,
yet they provide their food in the summer;
26 awthe rock badgers are a people not mighty,
yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
27the locusts have no axking,
yet all of them march in ayrank;
28the lizard you can take in your hands,
yet it is in kings’ palaces.
29 azThree things are stately in their tread;
bafour are stately in their stride:
30the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and bbdoes not turn back before any;
31the bcstrutting rooster ▼
▼Or the magpie, or the greyhound; Hebrew girt-of-loinsthe 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,
bfput your hand on your mouth.
33For pressing milk produces curds,
pressing the nose produces blood,
and pressing anger produces strife.
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