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Proverbs 30 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Words of Agur

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:1 - The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.[fn]
The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:2 - Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:3 - I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:4 - Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:5 - Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:6 - Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:7 - Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:8 - Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:9 - lest I be full and deny you
and say, “Who is the LORD?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:10 - Do not slander a servant to his master,
lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:11 - There are those[fn] who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:12 - There are those who are clean in their own eyes
but are not washed of their filth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:13 - There are those—how lofty are their eyes,
how high their eyelids lift!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:14 - There are those whose teeth are swords,
whose fangs are knives,
to devour the poor from off the earth,
the needy from among mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:15 - The leech has two daughters:
Give and Give.[fn]
Three things are never satisfied;
four never say, “Enough”:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:16 - Sheol, the barren womb,
the land never satisfied with water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:17 - The eye that mocks a father
and scorns to obey a mother
will be picked out by the ravens of the valley
and eaten by the vultures.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:18 - Three things are too wonderful for me;
four I do not understand:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:19 - the 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:20 - This is the way of an adulteress:
she eats and wipes her mouth
and says, “I have done no wrong.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:21 - Under three things the earth trembles;
under four it cannot bear up:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:22 - a slave when he becomes king,
and a fool when he is filled with food;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:23 - an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:24 - Four things on earth are small,
but they are exceedingly wise:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:25 - the ants are a people not strong,
yet they provide their food in the summer;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:26 - the rock badgers are a people not mighty,
yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:27 - the locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in rank;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:28 - the lizard you can take in your hands,
yet it is in kings’ palaces.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:29 - Three things are stately in their tread;
four are stately in their stride:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:30 - the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and does not turn back before any;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:31 - the strutting rooster,[fn] the he-goat,
and a king whose army is with him.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:32 - If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
or if you have been devising evil,
put your hand on your mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:33 - For pressing milk produces curds,
pressing the nose produces blood,
and pressing anger produces strife.
ESV Footnotes
Or Jakeh, the man of Massa
Revocalization; Hebrew The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal
Hebrew There is a generation; also verses 12, 13, 14
Or “Give, give,” they cry
Or the magpie, or the greyhound; Hebrew girt-of-loins
Or against whom there is no rising up

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