The Words of Agur1The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the ▼
▼ Or burdenoracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal: 2Surely I am more b stupid than any man,
And I do not have the understanding of a man.
3Neither have I learned wisdom,
Nor do I have the c knowledge of the Holy One.
4Who has d ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the e wind in His fists?
Who has f wrapped the waters in ▼
▼ Lit theHis garment?
Who has h established all the ends of the earth?
What is His i name or His son’s name?
Surely you know!
5Every j word of God is tested;
He is a k shield to those who take refuge in Him.
6 l Do not add to His words
Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
7Two things I asked of You,
Do not refuse me before I die:
8Keep deception and ▼
▼ Lit words of falsehoodlies far from me,
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with the n food that is my portion,
9That I not be o full and deny p You and say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or that I not be q in want and steal,
And r profane the name of my God.
10Do not slander a slave to his master,
Or he will s curse you and you will be found guilty.
11There is a ▼kind of man who u curses his father
And does not bless his mother.
12There is a ▼kind who is w pure in his own eyes,
Yet is not washed from his filthiness.
13There is a ▼kind— oh how y lofty are his eyes!
And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
14There is a ▼kind of man whose aa teeth are like swords
And his ab jaw teeth like knives,
To ac devour the afflicted from the earth
And the needy from among men.
15The leech has two daughters,
There are three things that will not be satisfied,
Four that will not say, “Enough”:
▼ I.e. The nether world, ae Sheol, and the af barren womb,
Earth that is never satisfied with water,
And fire that never says, “Enough.”
17The eye that ag mocks a father
▼ Lit despises to obey, ai scorns a mother,
The aj ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young ak eagles will eat it.
18There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
Four which I do not understand:
19The way of an al eagle in the sky,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the middle of the sea,
And the way of a man with a maid.
20This is the way of an am adulterous woman:
She eats and wipes her mouth,
And says, “I have done no wrong.”
21Under three things the earth quakes,
And under four, it cannot bear up:
22Under a an slave when he becomes king,
And a fool when he is satisfied with food,
23Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
And a maidservant when she supplants her mistress.
24Four things are small on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
25The ao ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer;
▼ Small, shy, furry animals (Hyrax syriacus) found in the peninsula of the Sinai, northern Israel, and the region round the Dead Sea; KJV coney, orig NASB badgers, aq shephanim are not mighty people,
Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
27The locusts have no king,
Yet all of them go out in ar ranks;
28The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
Yet it is in kings’ palaces.
29There are three things which are stately in their march,
Even four which are stately when they walk:
30The lion which is as mighty among beasts
And does not ▼
▼ Lit turn back, au retreat before any,
▼ Lit girt in the loinsstrutting rooster, the male goat also,
And a king when his army is with him.
32If you have been foolish in exalting yourself
Or if you have plotted evil aw put your hand on your mouth.
33For the ▼
▼ Lit pressingchurning of milk produces butter,
And pressing the nose brings forth blood;
So the ▼
▼ Lit pressingchurning of az anger produces strife.
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