Proverbs 30: The Sayings of Agur
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of the Wise
words of the wise
of Solomon copied
of the good wife
The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh – an inspired
man's utterance to Ithiel:
am weary, God,
but I can prevail.
I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of
the Holy One.
has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge
not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a
things I ask of you, Lord ;
do not refuse me before I die:
falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
I may have too much and disown you
and say, “Who is the Lord ?”
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonour the name of my God.
not slander a servant to their master,
or they will curse you, and you will pay
are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers;
who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;
whose teeth are swords
and whose jaws are set with knives
to devour the poor from the earth
and the needy from among the human race.
leech has two daughters.
“Give! Give!” they cry.
are three things that are never satisfied,
four that never say, “Enough!”:
grave, the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, “Enough!”
eye that mocks a father,
that scorns an aged mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures.
are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a young woman.
is the way of an adulterous woman:
she eats and wipes her mouth
and says, “I've done nothing wrong.”
three things the earth trembles,
under four it cannot bear up:
servant who becomes king,
a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
contemptible woman who gets married,
and a servant who displaces her mistress.
things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings' palaces.
are three things that are stately in their stride,
four that move with stately bearing:
lion, mighty among beasts,
who retreats before nothing;
strutting cock, a he-goat,
and a king secure against revolt.
you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.'
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